Pittsburgh tax preparer pleads guilty to filing $1.5 million in false returns
A Clairton man pleaded guilty in Pittsburgh federal court to aiding or assisting in the preparation of filing false federal tax returns.
Quincy K. Denson of Clairton pleaded guilty to two counts before U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.
In connection with the guilty plea, Denson, while a tax preparer at Cititax Tax Refund in Pittsburgh, prepared false federal income tax returns for other persons that included false Schedule C information, and which requested a false tax refund for the taxpayer, the government said.
Between 2010 and 2015, Denson is accused of filing about 501 false personal tax returns of which approximately 343 returns contained Schedule C attachments. The Schedule C attachments collectively requested approximately $1.5 million in Earned Income Tax Credits for the taxpayers, the government said.
Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for Oct. 3.
The law provides for a total sentence of 3 years imprisonment for each count, a fine of $250,000.00 or both. The sentence will depend on any prior records and seriousness of the crime.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory C. Melucci is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation.
Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter .