Phoenix Tax Preparer Indicted For Income Tax Fraud

FYI Business Services owner sentenced to 36 monthd

Paula Anthony owned and operated a tax preparation business from her residence known as FYI Business Services (FYI).  Anthony engaged in a scheme to defraud to receive and conceal a large number of fraudulently obtained income tax refunds using stolen identities, through the use of prepaid debit cards and numerous bank accounts

Among the manner and means by which Anthony and her co-conspirators carried out the conspiracy were the following:

a. Anthony , T.C. and others engaged in a scheme to defraud,  receive and conceal a large number of fraudulently obtained income tax refunds using stolen identities, through the use of prepaid debit cards and numerous bank accounts. Anthony and T.C. communicated instructions and information back and forth to each other by electronic mail.

b.Using the online bill payment feature offered by Green Dot, T.C. and others, caused three-hundred and sixty-seven (367) checks totaling more than $300,000.00 drawn from the financial accounts associated with the fifty (50) activated Green Dot prepaid debit cards, to be issued to Anthony as payee.

From the first of January 2013, the exact date being unknown to the Grand Jury, and continuing thereafter up to and including the date of this Indictment, in the District of Arizona and elsewhere, Anthony unlawfully, voluntarily, intentionally, and knowingly conspired, combined, confederated, and agreed with others to defraud the United States by deceitful and dishonest means for the purpose of impeding, impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful government functions of the IRS of the Treasury Department, to operate an income tax fraud.

On or about the dates listed below, in the District of Arizona and elsewhere, for the purpose of executing and attempting to execute the aforesaid scheme and artifice to defraud and to obtain money by means of material false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises, Anthony and T.C., along with others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, caused to be placed in a post office and authorized depository for mail matter, matters and things to be sent and delivered by the United States Postal Service and did take and receive matters and things that had been delivered by the United States Postal Service to an address on 29th Street in Phoenix, Arizona and P.O. Box XXX97 as set forth below:

 Date Mailed         Item Mailed
3/27/2015Check No. xxx-xxx-1398 in the amount of  $998.00 with listed remitter G.S.
3/27/2015Check No. xxx-xxx-1574 in the amount of  $999.00 with listed remitter G.S.
3/27/2015Check No. xxx-xxx-5524 in the amount of  $1,000.00 with listed remitter G.S.
4/1/2015Check No. xxx-xxx-7935 in the amount of  $999.00 with listed remitter G.S.
4/1/2015Check No. xxx-xxx-7206 in the amount of  $1,000.00 with listed remitter G.S.
4/27/2015Check No. xxx-xxx-2228 in the amount of  $999.00 with listed remitter G.S.

All of the above are in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341.

The government will seek a judgment for the sum of approximately $341,684.00 5 in U.S. Currency and all interest and proceeds traceable thereto, in that such sum in aggregate constitutes the proceeds derived from defendant’s criminal violations.