National City, CA woman sentenced to prison for tax fraud

March 2nd, 2010 - 4:05 am ICT by BNO News  

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) – A National City, California, woman was sentenced on Monday to more than five years in prison for filing false individual tax returns, failure to pay taxes, and multiple counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, according to prosecutors.

Fe S. Garrett prepared at least 18 federal income tax returns for her clients that were false as to material matters in the tax returns claimed fraudulent itemized deductions, child care expenses and estate rental expenses that she knew her clients were not entitled to obtain.

In addition, Garret was a licensed tax return preparer and licensed real estate broker who operated a tax return preparation and bookkeeping business and a real estate financing business. These businesses operated under multiple names, including Fe’s Tax Service, Garrett’s Tax Service and Garrett’s Realty and Mortgage.

Garret was caught after she prepared a false tax return for an undercover IRS agent that included false items similar to those on her client’s returns. Garrett confided him with her “style” of preparing tax returns using “loopholes” for claiming deductions on income tax returns.

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