Woman claims false tax rebates for her clients, pleads guilty

Tax return file processor pleads guilty to unauthentic Tax Return Scheme, claimed more than $1.5 million. 

Woman submits false tax return files for her clients
Woman pleads false Tax Return Scheme guilty. Image: Pixabay


An Illinois tax return preparer pleaded guilty on Wednesday to helping in the preparation of false income tax return files.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Vervia Watts, of Lansing, run a tax preparation chamber for clients in Illinois and elsewhere. From January 2017 through June 2023, Watts prepared and filed individual income tax returns for many tax payers. The alligation against her is- she intentionally reporting false education expenses and business income to be eligible for tax rebate from the IRS in amounts greater than they were entitled to get. 

Document say, tax business woman Watts received at least $300 for each return she made, which, in total, claimed more than $1.5 million in illegal refunds.

Justice department stated that Watts is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 14, 2024, and faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison. Watts also faces a period of supervised release, restitution and financial penalties. 

A federal district court judge will set any sentence after considering the U.S. court proceedings and other statutory factors.

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division gave the information.

Now, IRS Criminal Investigation is investigating the case on fraudulent activity.

The prosecutors of the lawsuit include Trial Attorneys Meredith Havekost and Regina Jeon of the Tax Division.

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