Owner of Downtown Pittsburgh tax preparation business indicted on fraud charges

 

Date: June 29, 2021

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

Pittsburgh, PA — A resident of Pittsburgh's Hill District neighborhood has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of tax fraud and wire fraud, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

The 15-count Indictment named Brian A. VanDusen of Webster Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, during 2014 and 2018 VanDusen owned a tax preparation business in the Warner Center of downtown Pittsburgh called EasyTax Refund. During those years, VanDusen and his employees prepared and filed approximately 2,898 federal tax returns, 36% of which contained Schedule C forms and were falsified to claim an earned income tax credit and tax refund for taxpayers.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 79 years in prison, a fine of $3,750,000 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 Gregory C. Melucci is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation 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.