Texas Accountant Sentenced For Tax Crimes
A tax preparer was recently sentenced to two and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to filing fraudulent income tax returns on behalf of clients.
Israel Gonzalez, 35, of Mission, Texas, filed 16 tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service for patrons of his tax agency from 2004 to 2006, according to The Monitor. Seven of his clients were credited with amounts of money between approximately $16,000 and $110,000 for fraudulent business credits. He charged a fraction of the amount that was made on the returns.
An investigation was initiated into Gonzalez's dealings by the IRS after it noticed an increasing amount of tax returns going to his address, the news source reported. A plea agreement determined he will serve the minimum sentence allowed by law.
Gonzalez will have an additional three years of probation after he is released from prison, according to the report. He also owes more than $936,000 in restitution payments to the federal government.
He will begin his term in federal prison in May.