Ex-Tucson tax preparer sentenced to prison in false-claims case

2014-02-04T16:00:00Z 2014-02-05T08:42:33Z Ex-Tucson tax preparer sentenced to prison in false-claims caseBy Patrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A former tax preparer was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison on Monday.

Margarita Gomez, 32, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Tucson to obstructing and impeding Internal Revenue laws.

Gomez also was ordered to pay $200,408 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Gomez ran the tax preparation service M & M Tax Service where she operated a scheme of filing federal tax returns with false refund claims, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Federal authorities said she was able to obtain more than $200,000 in federal tax refunds.

Gomez also admitted to soliciting clients who did not have legal status to work or reside in the United States, preparing false W-7 Forms and manufacturing other fraudulent documentation.

She intentionally filed clients’ federal individual income tax returns without signing the returns as a paid tax return preparer and had clients’ refunds sent to her personal bank account or to a mail drop she had controlled.

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