On August the 9th, it was revealed that a federal grand jury had returned an indictment against the owner of a tax preparation business based out of Uniondale, New York. The business owner, Mariano Exantus, has been charged with filing fraudulent tax returns, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. The announcement was made by Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg with the Justice Department’s Tax Division.
The indictment has now been unsealed. In the indictment, it has been indicated that Mr. Exantus operated Latrex Multi Service, which primarily serves as a tax return preparation business. The indictment is connected to actions carried out from 2011 to 2017. Exantus is accused of filing income tax returns to the IRS that contained fake business losses and education expenses. Simultaneously, Exantus attempted to acquire refunds when his clients were not entitled to them.
The indictment also alleges that Exantus filed fraudulent tax returns in the name of an individual that had been a victim of identity theft. Exantus is facing a maximum sentence of three years for each fraudulent return count. He also faces twenty years in prison for each wire fraud count and two years in prison for the crime of aggravated identity theft.
He is also facing supervised release, restitution, and other penalties. At this point in time, Mr. Exantus is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. During the announcement of the indictment, Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg gave thanks to the IRS Criminal Investigation for conducting the investigation.