Date: November 9, 2022 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org HOUSTON — A local tax preparer is set to make her initial appearance in federal court on charges of aiding and assisting in the preparation and filing of false income tax returns, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Krystal Wright made her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Palermo at 2 p.m. today. A federal grand jury sitting in Houston returned an 18-count indictment September 27. According to the charges, Wright assisted in the preparation and filing of false income tax returns from 2016 to 2019. If convicted, she faces up to three years in prison and a possible $100,000 maximum fine. IRS-Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rodolfo Ramirez is prosecuting the case.