Tax preparer sentenced to over eight years in federal prison for tax fraud scheme

 

Date: January 28, 2020

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

Fort Myers, FL – U.S. District Judge Thomas Barber has sentenced Augustin Dalusma to eight years and one month in federal prison for filing false claims and tax fraud. The court also ordered Dalusma to pay $2,170,538.77 to the IRS in restitution.

Dalusma was found guilty by a federal jury on November 1, 2019, after a week-long trial.

According to evidence presented at trial, between 2012 and 2015, Dalusma falsified information in tax returns for at least 630 of his clients, fraudulently qualifying them for thousands of dollars in tax refunds that they were not lawfully entitled to collect. Additionally, Dalusma falsified his own tax returns from 2012 through 2014, significantly underreporting his own income to evade more than $30,000 in personal income tax in each of those years.

This case was investigated by Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Simon R. Eth and Trial Attorney Eyitayo St. Matthew-Daniel of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division.