Legal News

A mother-daughter tax return preparer team in St. Louis, Missouri, prepares false federal income tax returns for their customers, according to a new lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice today. The suit asks the court to permanently bar Cherlynn Harrington, Linda McClendon, and their business Goodlink, LLC d/b/a Goodlink Tax Services from preparing federal income tax returns for others.  The complaint alleges that defendants unlawfully understate their customers’ income tax liabilities and overstate their customers’ refunds.

A Maryland woman was sentenced today to 28 months in prison for her involvement in a scheme to fraudulently obtain millions of dollars in income tax refunds, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu for the District of Columbia, Special Agent in Charge Kimberly Lappin of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Washington D.C. Field Office, Inspector in Charge Robert B. Wemyss of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Washington Division and Assistant Inspector General for Investigations John L. Phillips of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

A federal grand jury sitting in Providence returned an indictment charging a Rhode Island man with corruptly endeavoring to impede the internal revenue laws, tax evasion, and perjury, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch for the District of Rhode Island.

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges and a preliminary injunction and asset freeze against Niket Shah, a New Jersey resident who stole more than $250,000 in a Ponzi scheme in which his friends and coworkers invested.

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