On Tuesday, October 31, 2017, it was announced that a 43-year-old woman from La Vergne, Tennessee had pleaded guilty to preparing false tax returns for her clients and filing her own false tax returns. Elassia D. Munson pleaded guilty to the charges on Monday. Court documents show that Munson worked as a tax preparer from 2010 to 2015.

During this period of time, Munson prepared and filed materially false tax returns for her clients by claiming bogus medical and dental expenses, false charitable deductions and false education credits. Ultimately, Munson filed the false returns with the Internal Revenue Service and generated substantial refunds. A large quantity of the refunds was subsequently diverted to Munson’s E-Trade financial account.

For tax years 2011 through 2014, Munson failed to report the diversions and tax preparation fees on her own personal tax returns. The defendant has agreed to pay $97,000 in restitution to the IRS. She is scheduled to be sentenced on February 26, 2018. At the time of her sentencing, Munson will face a maximum of three years in prison on each count.

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