A Georgia man who formerly owned a tax preparation business plead guilty to tax fraud.
The US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia says 48-year-old Willie Moore, Jr. of Braselton plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States Thursday.
A release says a co-defendant, 47-year-old James Prather, of Douglasville, plead guilty in May to conspiracy to defraud the United States resulting in a loss of $1,000,000 to the US government.
The total loss to the United States Government caused by Moore will be determined at his sentencing.
The Conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of five years, a maximum fine of $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release.
Officials say co-defendants and business partners Moore and Prather ran a tax refund scheme through Moore’s tax return preparation business AMAB Enterprises, d/b/a/ Mr. Tax, Etc. — located on North Columbia Street in Milledgeville.
Investigators identified a total of 5,529 suspicious federal income tax returns from 2011-14.
Officials say Moore admitted in his guilty plea that to increase a client’s tax returns, he would manipulate the taxpayer’s returns by listing fraudulent businesses, profits, educational expenses, and household income. Most of the clients interviewed stated that their income tax returns were not explained to them nor were they reviewed with them. Some clients never even received a copy of their returns or were given partial copies missing pages, parts, or schedules. Bank records show more than $400,000 in transfers to the defendants, the profits of the tax refund scheme.
“Both defendants criminally manipulated the tax system for their benefit, ultimately stealing a vast sum of money from taxpayers,” said Charlie Peeler, the U.S. Attorney. “We will continue to work vigorously to protect taxpayers from government fraud. I want to commend the investigating agents with the Southeast Scheme Development Center and the IRS for their work.”