According to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release issued February 23, 2018, former tax preparer Manuel Antonio Severino, 44, of West Palm Beach, Florida, is facing decades in federal prison after being found guilty on 17 counts of assorted federal felonies, including: (1) 13 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, a felony violation of 26 U.S. Code § 7206(2) (fraud and false statements); (2) two counts of aggravated identity theft, a felony violation of 18 U.S. Code § 1028A(a)(1) (aggravated identity theft); and (3) two counts of wire fraud, a felony violation of 18 U.S. Code § 1343 (fraud by wire, radio, or television). The sentencing hearing, at which Severino will appear before Senior U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck, is currently scheduled to take place on May 18, 2018. The stakes will be high for Severino, who faces a daunting sentence of two years per count of identity theft, up to three years per count of filing a false tax return, and up to 20 years per count of wire fraud.
Court records describing the trial evidence used against Severino paint a picture of a calculated, extensive tax fraud scheme. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel J. Marcet and Lisa Miller, who prosecuted the case against Severino in United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, successfully demonstrated that the defendant, acting over an approximately three-year period, took the following actions:
Severino’s case, like others our criminal tax defense attorneys have profiled, is a reminder of the dire financial, legal, and professional consequences a tax preparer or CPA can face when charged with willful violations of the Internal Revenue Code. In addition to the hefty penalties facing other tax crime defendants, such as prison time, supervised release, fines, and restitution orders, tax professionals risk the added peril of irreversible career damage, which can come in the form of disciplinary actions, disbarment, removal of the right to practice by OPR, or other serious sanctions.
Whether you are a tax preparer who has been charged with fraud, a taxpayer who is concerned about the accuracy of your previous tax returns, or simply an individual who is seeking precise and competent tax preparation services for California or federal taxes, look to the Tax Law Office of David W. Klasing for zealous, client-focused support. Backed by more than 20 years of combined experience handling tax matters ranging from felony tax evasion charges to bookkeeping services for small businesses, our versatile, award-winning team of CPAs and tax attorneys is well-versed in all aspects of Tax Code and IRS procedure, enabling us to provide the comprehensive guidance and aggressive advocacy you need. To learn more about how our nationally-recognized team of tax professionals can assist you or your business with a local, state, federal, or international tax issue, contact the Tax Law Office of David W. Klasing online, or call our law offices at (800) 681-1295 for a reduced-rate consultation.
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