Richmond Woman Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison for Filing and Assisting in Filing False Tax Returns

    RICHMOND, Va. – Chavella Jones, 47, of Richmond, Va., was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for her role in a fraudulent income tax preparation business. Jones was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $9,443.00 to the victims of the scheme.

    Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge James R. Spencer.

    Jones pled guilty on June 1, 2010, to Conspiracy, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371; Filing of False Tax Returns, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(1); and Assisting in the Filing of False Tax Returns, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(2).

    In support of her guilty plea, Jones admitted working wither daughter at Your Personal Paralegal (YPP), a tax preparation business. She further admitted that YPP would file tax returns for customers and would knowingly falsify income and deduction information. From 2003 until 2006, YPP filed over 1066 income tax returns for their customers. The IRS investigation of approximately 56 of YPP clients revealed more than $157,000 in illegal tax refunds were paid to the YPP customers. The customers were unaware of the fraud committed by Jones and YPP. Each customer was charged a $250 to $500 fee for YPP services.

    This case was investigated by agents of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Division. Assistant United States Attorney N. George Metcalf prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

    Published on 19/11/2010 00:02:51