Texas tax preparers charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States

 

Date: July 14, 2021

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WACO — A federal grand jury in Waco, Texas, returned an indictment charging two tax preparers with conspiracy to defraud the United States and multiple counts of assisting in the preparation of false tax returns.

According to the indictment, Rossalynn Thomas and Tiffany Hinkson worked together at TaxPros, a tax return preparation business in Temple, Texas. Between January 2015 through May 2016, Thomas and Hinkson allegedly falsified clients' tax returns by claiming, among other things, false business income and education credits in order to generate tax refunds. The indictment further alleges that one of Thomas's clients was an IRS agent acting in an undercover capacity. Thomas allegedly prepared a tax return for the IRS agent that falsely claimed charitable contributions and unreimbursed business expenses.

Thomas was previously indicted by a federal grand jury in April 2021, with 11 counts of assisting in the preparation of false tax returns. The indictment returned yesterday, supersedes Thomas' previous indictment with the conspiracy to defraud the United States charge and additional counts of assisting in the preparation of false tax returns.

If convicted, Thomas and Hinkson face a maximum sentence of five years in prison for the conspiracy count and three years in prison for each count of assisting in the preparation of false tax returns. They also face a period of supervised release and monetary penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Trial Attorneys Robert A. Kemins and Matthew C. Hicks of the Justice Department's Tax Division are prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.