Quick Sam's Newlin indicted for running fraudulent tax return business

Contributed By:The 411 News

After electronic filing permissions suspended, business goes around law

An Indiana man was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Hammond, Indiana for running a fraudulent tax return business.

Named in the indictment is John Newlin, owner and operator of Quick Sam Tax Service from 2008 to January 2012. Federal prosecutors claim Newlin trained, coached, and encouraged his employees to prepare and file with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) fraudulent tax returns for taxpayer clients.

Those returns allegedly contained false business income and expenses and false claims for the Earned Income Tax Credit, thereby generating IRS refunds to which the clients were not entitled.

The indictment further charges that after the IRS suspended his electronic filing privileges, Newlin contracted with another individual in Georgia to transmit and file returns for Quick Sam using that individual’s tax preparer number.

Charges against Newlin include conspiracy to defraud the United States, attempting to interfere with the administration of the internal revenue laws, and aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of false tax returns.

If convicted, Newlin faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison for the conspiracy count, three years in prison for attempting to interfere with the administration of the internal revenue laws and three years in prison for each count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns.

Story Posted:05/18/2017

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