Tax Preparer Arraigned on 25-Count Indictment

Frances Rivas, forty-two, was arraigned on a twenty-five-count indictment alleging that she prepared and presented false federal income tax returns, US Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced September 20.

Rivas, formerly of Albuquerque but now a resident of Amarillo, Texas, entered a not guilty plea to the indictment during the proceedings. She was released pending trial under conditions of release and pretrial supervision.

The indictment alleges that Rivas prepared and presented false federal income tax returns on twenty-five separate occasions between January 2008 and April 2011. According to the indictment, Rivas allegedly prepared and presented federal tax returns on behalf of a number of taxpayers that included false dependents, false filing status, false exemptions, or false W-2 wages. As a result of criminal conduct charged in the indictment, the United States allegedly suffered an aggregate loss of approximately $98,396 in taxes.
 
On conviction, each count carries a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment and a $100,000 fine.
 
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Source: US Department of Justice

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