Creative parking violations; scams at day care; “additional” cash fees; and other highlights of recent tax cases:
Flint, Mich.: Former IRS employee Gregory Lundene, 53, has been sentenced to six months in prison after pleaded guilty to participating in a Nigerian‑based ID-theft scheme, according to published reports.
Chicago: A federal judge has barred Irving Brown Sr., a retired Chicago Fire Department captain, from preparing federal returns for others.
Durham, N.C.: Preparer Laurean S. Robinson, 31, has pleaded guilty to filing false returns, specifically fraudulently claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit and inflating refunds.
Buffalo, N.Y.: Unregistered preparer Shonnell Harris, 48, has pleaded guilty in connection with filing fraudulent tax returns for employees and other acquaintances at her now-shuttered day care center.
Union City, N.J.: Preparer Shirley Arias, a.k.a. Shirley Zambrano, 43, has pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and assisting others in the preparation of false and fraudulent tax returns.
Read the full article: Tax Fraud Blotter: ‘Catfishing’ an IRS employee