Tampa tax preparer admits he assisted in preparing numerous false returns


Date: April 6, 2022

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United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Eugene Fanfan has pleaded guilty to one count of aiding in the preparation of filing a false tax return. He faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the plea agreement, Fanfan helped to prepare numerous false and fraudulent income tax returns on behalf of clients in 2016. Those tax returns contained false information about clients' business income and loss, as well as false claims relating to the American Opportunity Credit. As a result of those false entries, Fanfan's clients were able to claim and receive substantial refunds from the IRS which his clients were not lawfully entitled to receive. Those refunds exceeded $100,000.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tiffany E. Fields.