Tax return preparer pleads guilty to trying to defraud IRS

July 23, 2019 - 4:44 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release on Monday that Garvey Imhotep of Raleigh conspired with others to file false tax returns for the tax years 2011 through 2014.

Specifically, prosecutors say Imhotep and his co-conspirators filed returns claiming false education expenses and other fraudulent items in order to increase clients' tax refunds. The prosecutors say he used tax preparer identification numbers associated with other individuals to hide his involvement and avoid detection by the Internal Revenue Service.

Imhotep is scheduled to be sentenced in October 2019. He could be sentenced to a statutory maximum of five years in prison, as well as substantial monetary penalties, supervised release and restitution.

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