POSTED: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 4:32pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 9:32am
MCALLEN - A Mission tax preparer has pleaded guilty to filing fraudulent U.S. Income Tax returns and now may face three years in federal prison if convicted of that crime.
Israel E. Gonzalez Jr.,35, made the plea last week Friday. According to allegations in the indictment filed of record in this case, Gonzalez prepared and presented to the IRS 16 U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns for income tax years 2004 through 2006 for clients claiming various false deductions, including various Form 1040 Schedule C deductions such as business depreciation.
At re-arraignment, Gonzalez admitted to the court he submitted a false U.S. Income Tax return for one of his clients on April 1, 2006, in which he falsified a claim of business depreciation in the amount of $109,550. Gonzalez further admitted he knew that his client was not entitled to such a deduction.
The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by special agents of the IRS-CI.
Gonzalez is expected to be sentenced on April 21, 2011.