PITTSBURGH, PA – A Pittsburgh Hill District resident has been charged with tax fraud and wire transfer fraud by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman said today.
The 15-point indictment named Brian A. VanDusen, 51, of Webster Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment, VanDusen owned a tax consulting firm called EasyTax Refund in 2014 and 2018 at the Warner Center in downtown Pittsburgh. During those years, VanDusen and its staff prepared and filed approximately 2,898 federal tax returns, 36% of which contained Appendix C forms and were forged to apply for an income tax credit and tax refund for taxpayers.
The law allows for a maximum aggregate sentence of 79 years in prison, a fine of $ 3,750,000, or both. Under federal constitutional guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based on the seriousness of the offense and the criminal record of the accused, if any.
Deputy Attorney General Gregory C. Melucci is pursuing this case on behalf of the government.
The Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation into the case that led to the indictment.
An indictment is an indictment. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.