So it’s tax season, the time when all are required to file tax returns. You look for someone who can provide the service correctly. You want someone with experience, someone who knows the law. Hum… I guess a n IRS employee would do?
As it turns out, Morgan Mayfaire, a/k/a/ Elizabeth Valido, age 49, of Davie, Florida, was charged with thirty-five counts of making false and fraudulent statements and eight counts impersonating an employee of the United States. Great! Wonder how the folks who had her fill out their returns feel?
If convicted, Morgan Mayfaire faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 3 years and a $100,000 fine on each of the charges of fraud and false statements, and a maximum term of imprisonment of 3 years and a $250,000 fine on each of the charges of impersonating an employee of the United States.
According to the Indictment, Morgan Mayfaire prepared fraudulent tax returns at her residence in Davie, Florida for several clients. The clients paid Mayfaire a tax return preparation fee of 10% of the refund claimed on their federal tax returns. Mayfaire prepared tax returns and amended tax returns on Forms 1040 and 1040X in which she reported false medical expenses, taxes, charitable contributions, and employee business expenses. The false expenses and deductions listed on the returns resulted in approximately $472,904 in tax refunds to her clients.
NOTICE: If you hire a return preparer who charges based on the refund received…watch out. By any ethical standard you can think of – this is wrong and a clear indication that some sort of fraud is likely.
Moreover, according to the charges, Mayfaire falsely represented to her clients that she was an IRS employee, and, as such, knew ways to increase taxpayer deductions on tax returns that others were unfamiliar with. These false representations induced clients to hire her to prepare their tax returns.
While an indictment is not an indication of guilt, I have found as someone who speaks and writes about white collar crime, that most indictments result in a guilty verdict. As evidenced in the Wesley Snipes sentencing hearing, if convicted, this woman will go to jail.
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Meanwhile, white collar crime speaker, Chuck Gallagher, signing off…