Florida woman charged for preparing fraudulent income tax returnsApril 10th, 2010 - 3:07 am ICT by BNO News
MIAMI, FLORIDA (BNO NEWS) – A Florida woman was charged for preparing fraudulent income tax returns, prosecutors said Friday.
Marvel Ebanks, of West Palm Beach, owned and operated Marvelous Enterprises Inc., a tax return preparation business located in Palm Beach County, Florida, operating her business from her various residences in Palm Beach County. Ebanks allegedly prepared and caused to be submitted Individual Income Tax Returns claiming tax refunds on behalf of various taxpayers, knowing that these returns contained materially false information.
Ebanks claimed nonexistent expenses or inflated itemized deductions making it appear that the taxpayers would be due a larger tax refund than was allowed from the IRS. The taxpayers were typically only sent the signature page of their returns and were unaware of the false information that Ebanks used to inflate their refunds.
Ebanks’ arrest was announced Friday, and if convicted, she faces a maximum prison term of 3 years on each of the 22 counts, which she was charged with for preparation and presentation of fraudulent income tax return counts.
Ebanks is currently being detained pending a pre-trial detention hearing, scheduled for Friday, April 16.
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