Florida Tax Preparer Sentenced for False Return Conspiracy

A Florida tax return preparer was sentenced today to two years in prison for conspiring to defraud the United States by preparing and filing false tax returns for clients. 

According to court documents and statements made in court, from 2017 through 2020, Phedson Dore and his co-conspirator ran Empire Tax Services and filed hundreds of false returns each year. Dore typically inflated federal income tax withholdings and reported fictitious itemized deductions to generate refunds for clients to which they were not entitled. To conceal his participation in the fraud, Dore did not always list on the returns his name as the person who prepared them or include Empire’s Electronic Filing Number (EFIN). Instead, he used his employees’ names and the EFINS of other return preparation businesses. Dore and his co-conspirator caused a loss to the IRS of approximately $970,000.

In addition to the term of imprisonment, U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton Jr. ordered Dore to serve two years of supervised release and to pay approximately $970,976.00 in restitution to the United States.

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg for the Middle District of Florida made the announcement.

IRS Criminal Investigation investigated the case.

Trial Attorneys Brian Flanagan and Marissa Brodney of the Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Courtney Richardson-Jones and Shannon Laurie for the Middle District of Florida prosecuted the case.

Official news published at https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/florida-tax-preparer-sentenced-false-return-conspiracy

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