Bridgeport tax preparer pleads guilty

 

Date: February 11, 2020

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

Kristina O'Connell, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation in New England, announced that Veronica Huitzil of Bridgeport waived her right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to preparing false tax returns for clients.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Huitzil, who operated a tax return preparation practice in Bridgeport, assisted in the preparation and filing of more than 3,700 federal tax returns for the 2014 through 2018 tax years. Many of the filed tax returns claimed dependents who were not dependents, deducted thousands of dollars in business losses for fictitious businesses, and included inflated or fabricated medical expenses, charitable contributions and employee business expenses.

Huitzil pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and assisting the filing of a false tax return, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of three years.

In pleading guilty, Huitzil agreed that losses suffered by the IRS as a result of her fraud totaled $898,665.

As a result of Huitzil's fraudulent conduct, many of her clients' filed tax returns will need to be amended. The amount of Huitzil's restitution may be reduced as her clients resolve their own tax liability with the IRS.

Huitzil is released pending sentencing, which is scheduled for May 6, 2020.

This matter is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher W. Schmeisser.