Chambersburg man sentenced to 27 months in prison for preparing false tax returns


Date: April 15, 2024


HARRISBURG — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Guibbonz Marcellus of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on April 12, 2024, by U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer P. Wilson to 27 months’ imprisonment on 23 counts of aiding and assisting the preparation of false and fraudulent tax returns. Marcellus was convicted following a jury trial in July 2023.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Marcellus operated a tax-preparation business in Chambersburg called M&M Confident Multi Services from 2013 to 2016. In an effort to increase refund amounts and generate business, Marcellus regularly included false numbers on the returns he prepared and filed. The returns falsely claimed, among other things, the federal fuel-tax credit, business losses, and deductions for charitable gifts and unreimbursed employee expenses. The Court found that the total loss to the government due to Marcellus’s conduct was over $208,000.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (CI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlo D. Marchioli and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul J. Miovas prosecuted the case.

CI is the criminal investigative arm of the IRS, responsible for conducting financial crime investigations, including tax fraud, narcotics trafficking, money-laundering, public corruption, healthcare fraud, identity theft and more. CI special agents are the only federal law enforcement agents with investigative jurisdiction over violations of the Internal Revenue Code, obtaining a more than a 90 percent federal conviction rate. The agency has 20 field offices located across the U.S. and 12 attaché posts abroad.