Grand Prairie Man Sentenced to 57 months in prison for $ 2.8 million tax preparation program
(STL.News) – A Grand Prairie man has been sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for his role in a $ 2.8 million tax return preparation program, said Northern Texas Attorney Erin Nealy Cox.
Grandma Michel Ungu, 61, pleaded guilty in January of conspiracy and aiding and abetting filing a false tax return. He was convicted Tuesday morning by US District Judge Terry R. Means.
“If our tax laws are ignored, especially by trained professionals, everyone loses,” said US Attorney Nealy Cox. “We are committed to protecting the integrity of our tax system by giving taxpayers the confidence that everyone is acting by the same rules. Tax filers who use their customers and the tax system to file fraudulent returns will be prosecuted and held accountable for their criminal behavior. “
“Pre-return fraud is a priority for the IRS Criminal Investigation and we have dedicated resources to investigating and tracking cases like this one,” said Kevin Caramucci, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Dallas Field Office. “Taxpayers should be selective in choosing a tax return maker and be confident that they will prepare accurate tax returns and protect their financial information.”
According to the pleaders, Mr Ungu admitted between 2013 and 2016 that Super Professional Tax Services, which he owned and operated, prepared and filed false tax returns on behalf of its clients. Mr. Ungu admitted that he personally prepared a tax return in 2015 alleging that one of his clients had significant non-reimbursed business expenses that meant a significant reduction in the client’s taxable income. Mr. Ungu knew that the client was not entitled to a deduction for non-reimbursed business expenses.
Robert Poteet, a former Mr. Ungu employee, pleaded guilty in January 2019 to assisting and assisting in preparing and filing false and fraudulent tax returns and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.
The defendants are jointly and severally liable for more than $ 2.8 million in restitution.
The investigation was conducted by the IRS Criminal Investigation. US Assistant Attorney Douglas A. Allen is pursuing this case.
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