New IRS regulations have recently been issued to prevent this very thing – someone preparing a tax return and creating fake data in order to increase your refund. Information regarding the new preparer rules can be found here.
On January 12, 2010, Nadine F. Pinto, age 38, John S. Wofford, age 42, and Taurik David Griffin, age 32, all of Mauldin, South Carolina, were charged in 28-count Indictment with assisting in the preparation of fraudulent tax returns.
Authorities allege that the trio, while working at G&W Taxes, LLC, in Mauldin, created false entries in tax returns they prepared for certain clients, so as to qualify the clients for tax refunds.
It would seem pretty obvious that fake entries on a tax return would lead to a less than desirable outcome. In the case of Pinto, Wofford, and Griffin – the likely outcome will be a prison sentence. The IRS doesn’t take offenses like this lightly and, especially in light of the new regulations, it would seem that this trio would serve as a good example of what one should not do.
The maximum penalty Pinto, Wofford, and Griffin could receive is a fine of $100,000.00 and imprisonment for three years. Of course, one is innocent until proven guilty. But, let me state from experience, rarely does a US Attorney issue an indictment without a 90% chance of winning the case.
IF YOU KNOW any of the three and have comments as to their motive – PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT!