On Tuesday, it was announced that a Las Vegas, Nevada tax return preparer had pleaded guilty to filing fraudulent tax returns. The announcement was made by Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and United States Attorney Dayle Elieson. Documents and information presented to the court showed that from 2009 through 2015, 62-year-old Ofelia Ronquillo prepared fraudulent tax returns for clients through a business known as A.R. Financial LLC.
She later filed the returns through the business AJRC Tax Services. The defendant included false items on her client’s tax returns. This included bogus charitable contributions, capital losses, and unreimbursed employee expenses. She also claimed inflated refunds to which her clients were not entitled. In total, the defendant admitted to causing a tax loss of more than $2.7 million.
Sentencing has been scheduled for May 17, 2018. At the time of sentencing, the defendant will face a statutory maximum sentence of three years in prison for each count. Additional details have been made available here.