Bronx tax preparer pleads guilty to $3 million tax fraud

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A Bronx tax preparer faces 30 years in jail after pleading guilty to $30 million in tax fraud.

On Feb. 19, Roberto Perez Ramirez, the owner of a tax preparation business named RAP Tax Service, 132 E 174th St., pled guilty to 10 counts of aiding and assisting the preparation of false and fraudulent income tax returns for the tax years 2013 to 2016

As part of the plea agreement, Ramirez agreed to make restitution to the IRS in the amount of $2,974,547.

“As he admitted in court today, Roberto Ramirez submitted false and fraudulent tax returns on behalf of numerous taxpayers, often falsely claiming dependents, nonexistent charitable deductions, or bogus business expenses on behalf of clients who paid Ramirez to do so,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss. “Now he awaits sentencing for his admitted crimes.”

According to the investigation, Ramirez filed nearly 3,000 individual income tax returns on behalf of taxpayers for the tax years 2013 to 2016. He falsely claimed dependents that were not in fact dependents of the named taxpayers

The false dependents included real people located in Puerto Rico, among other places. Ramirez

In addition to reporting false dependents, he also reported false deductions, such as gifts to charity or unreimbursed employee business expenses and false business expenses.

Ramirez, 59, of New Jersey, is scheduled to be sentenced June 25.

 

 

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