San Antonio return preparer pleads guilty in tax fraud scheme

 

Date: October 20, 2020

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

A San Antonio, Texas, tax return preparer pleaded guilty today to aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between 2013 and 2017, in San Antonio, Copperas Cove, and Killeen, Texas, Telesa Hall operated Precision Efile Tax Services, a tax preparation business. During the course of the scheme, Hall prepared at least 51 fraudulent tax returns, which sought to generate inflated refunds for her clients. Among other things, Hall falsely claimed on some of the returns substantial business losses, which artificially lowered her clients' reported taxable income.

Sentencing is scheduled before U.S. District Court Jeffrey C. Manske. Hall faces a statutory maximum of three years in prison as well as a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties.

Special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation, and Trial Attorneys William B. Guappone and Francesca L. Bartolomey, are prosecuting the case.