Florida Return Preparers Charged with Defrauding the IRS
(STL.News) A federal grand jury in Fort Lauderdale returned an indictment on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, charging two tax preparers with conspiring to defraud the United States and preparing false tax returns. The defendants made their initial court appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick M. Hunt today.
According to the indictment, Nikency Alexis owned and operated Unity Tax & Financial Services, a return preparation business in Broward County. From 2011 through at least 2016, Alexis and Thony Guillaume, a return preparer at Unity Tax, allegedly conspired to defraud the IRS by preparing returns for clients that fraudulently increased their clients’ tax refunds. The returns allegedly falsely claimed business and education expenses that the clients did not in fact incur. The indictment also charges that Alexis made false statements on his own personal income tax returns.
If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison on the conspiracy charge and three years in prison on each count of preparing false tax returns for their clients. Alexis also faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison on each count related to his own false tax returns.