Just in time for Tax Day, the New York State Department of Taxation announced the arrest of multiple tax preparers for allegedly filing false tax reforms that got their clients inflated tax refunds by filing information that contained false expenses, false deductions and even false dependents.
According to a press release from the state Department of Taxation and Finance, law enforcement busted six tax preparers in undercover operations designed to catch them filing false statements. The people who were caught in the stings included Thomas Keeley, a 59-year-old man from Staten Island, who the government has accused of allegedly preparing "several thousand" returns since 2011 that contained fake itemized deductions and "unusually high" job expenses. State officials have also accused Chatise Thomas, a 41-year-old woman from Brooklyn, of allegedly adding illegitimate deduction to lower their tax payments. According to the press release announcing the arrest, Thomas's clients claimed that they didn't give her permission to add the larger itemized deductions to their state tax returns.
The Attorney General's office also arrested Anibell Perez, a 33-year-old woman from the Bronx and Sorangel Carrasco, a 34-year-old woman from the Bronx, and accused both of them of claiming fake dependents on their clients' tax returns for the purposes of getting them larger refunds.
"We will not allow unscrupulous individuals to line their own pockets at the expense of honest taxpayers. Those who cheat the tax system are stealing from their fellow New Yorkers, and I am pleased to work with my partners in law enforcement as we continue to root out tax fraud," Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.