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Case Number: 8:21-cr-00064-PWG
Judge: Paul W. Grimm
Court: United States District Court for the District of Maryland (Baltimore County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Baltimore, MD:
Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with preparing false tax returns.
The defendants used varying business names, including United Tax Services LLC and Fortune’s Professional Services LLC, to provide tax preparation services. For the tax years 2012 through 2018, the defendants and a third co-conspirator, Anita Fortune, fraudulently inflated their clients’ refunds by fabricating and exaggerating Schedule A itemized deductions and by engineering Schedule C business losses.
According to information in the record, the IRS expelled Worthy from its e-filing program after she and Anita Fortune, who was using Worthy’s e-filing credentials, each prepared false returns for undercover IRS agents. Worthy and Anita Fortune subsequently used Veronica Fortune’s e-filing credentials to conceal their identities from the IRS and continue preparing false returns. The IRS later expelled Veronica Fortune from the e-filing program, but she obtained new credentials from a third party and again shared them with her co-conspirators. All three continued to prepare fraudulent returns through the 2019 filing season, causing a total tax loss to the IRS of $189,748.
In addition to the term of imprisonment, U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm ordered Worthy to serve three years of supervised release and pay approximately $189,748 in restitution to the United States. Judge Grimm ordered Fortune to serve three years of supervised release and pay approximately $86,590 in restitution.
Anita previously was sentenced to 30 months in prison on June 4 for her role in the scheme.
Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division made the announcement.
The IRS Criminal Investigation investigated the case.
Trial Attorney Kathryn Carpenter of the Justice Department’s Tax Division prosecuted the case.
18:371 CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE UNITED STATES
26:7206(2) AIDING AND ASSISTING IN THE PREPARATION OF FALSE TAX RETURNS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS
IMPRISONMENT for a total term of 6 months as to Count 1 and 6 months as to Count 2 of the Information to run concurrent; SUPERVISED RELEASE for a term of 3 years as to Count 1 and 1 year as to Count 2 of the Information to run concurrent; ASSESSMENT $200.00; RESTITUTION $189,748.00