KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A tax preparer in Kansas City, Kan., was charged Thursday with preparing false income tax returns.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said Ahferom Goitom, 34, is charged with 14 counts of preparing false returns.
The indictment alleges that Goitom was a professional tax return preparer who worked in Kansas City, Kan., and was the manager of a franchise business that prepares tax returns. He used commercial tax preparation software at the business to file returns electronically with the Internal Revenue Service.
He prepared at least 34 Form 1040s containing false and fraudulent education credits, charitable deductions, medical and dental expenses, home mortgage interest deductions, gross receipts for a sole proprietorship business, expenses for a sole proprietorship business and deductions for rental real estate.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.