Former Flagstaff tax preparer sentenced to prison

Devon M. Scott, a former Flagstaff tax preparer, was sentenced to 15 months in prison. He also must pay $107,775.05 in restitution to the victims listed in the indictment.

Scott, also known as Roland J. Rojas, 39, was indicted in November 9, 2010 by a federal grand on 11 counts of aiding in the preparation of false tax returns.

Scott owned and operated the now defunct Devero Premier Services Group, a payroll tax service in Flagstaff.

From January to July 2005, Scott filed 11 tax returns which fraudulently and falsely stated the amount of payroll taxes which Devero had deposited with the IRS on behalf of clients.

Each conviction for aiding and assisting in preparation and presentation of a false and fraudulent tax return carries up to a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment, a $100,000 fine or both, plus the costs of prosecution.

“Tax return preparers should be the pillars of our system of taxation, not those involved in outright fraud,” said IRS Special Agent Brian Wilson. “In addition to preparing false tax returns, Devon Scott caused financial harm to his clients as evidenced by the restitution in excess of $100,000.”

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by special agents of the Internal Revenue Service.