Erie tax preparer charged with violating federal tax laws

 

Date: February 11, 2020

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

ERIE, PA — A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on charges of violating federal tax laws.

The 20-count Indictment named Erika A. Grandberry as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, Grandberry, while working as a free-lance tax preparer, knowingly and repeatedly reported false and fraudulent income and expenses for non-existent businesses on Individual Tax Returns from 2015 to 2017.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 60 years in prison, a fine of $5,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Paul S. Sellers is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An Indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.