Tax preparer admits tax fraud
A San Antonio man pleaded guilty Friday to helping others prepare tax returns containing false information.
Richard Ortegon, owner of Aztec Tax and Consulting Group LLC, now faces up to three years in federal prison at his sentencing July 8. He admitted he included false residential energy credits and inflated expenses on tax forms he helped clients submit to the Internal Revenue Service. Ortegon admitted that the total tax due, because of the false tax returns, is about $75,000.
“As we approach Monday’s deadline to file your taxes, remember: Intentionally falsifying your tax return is a serious federal crime,” stated U.S. Attorney John Bash.
Sarah Kull, special agent in charge of the Houston field office of the IRS’ Criminal Investigation division, which includes San Antonio, said her agency is “committed to identifying these individuals that are exploiting our tax system for their personal gain.”
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