The new inductee to the Tax Preparers' Hall of Shame comes from the great state of......Utah!
Preparer April J. Rampton, 41, formerly of Heber City, Utah, has been convicted in U.S. District Court of nine counts of filing false claims for income tax refunds. Rampton, indicted on Sept. 14, 2011, was released following the verdict and is scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. District Court on February 27. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on six similar counts. According to the indictment and the proof at trial, Rampton prepared at least nine false claims for refunds on behalf of others, with a total amount of false refunds claimed for the counts of conviction at more than $2.2 million. Trial evidence also established that Rampton used false 1099-OIDs with fictitious amounts of income and withholdings as the basis for the false claims. For each false-claim conviction, Rampton faces a maximum potential sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Come on, tax returns totally over two million dollars in refunds. Did she try to claim the whole state of Utah as dependents? Well April, welcome to the Tax Preparers' Hall of Shame.
As always, we admire your creative tax deductions and plan on writing you regularly when you go to jail for them!