On Friday, it was announced that a Hudson, Ohio man had been indicted on 30 counts of aiding and abetting in filing false tax returns. 43-year-old Sergio Gardea operated a tax preparation business, Centro San Jose, out of Canton. In 2013, Gardea opened a second location in Akron. He primarily served Spanish-speaking workers and undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Guatemala.
According to the indictment, his clients mostly worked on farms or in farm-related factories in Stark County. In order to file taxes on the behalf of undocumented immigrants, Gardea first obtained individual tax identification numbers for them. These numbers are utilized by people unable to obtain a Social Security number.
Gardea also acquired tax ID numbers for dependents residing outside of the United States. Taxpayers can claim the child tax credit, if their dependents reside in the United States for the entire year or for the majority of the year. According to the indictment, Gardea claimed child tax credits for his clients, despite their dependents living outside of the United States.
The indictment comes after an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Teresa L. Riley. At this point in time, Sergio Gardea is innocent, until proven guilty in a court or law.