Kent County Tax Return Preparer Sent to Prison for Filing False Claim – Nov. 3

Grand Rapids, MichiganNovember 3, 2015 – Grand Rapids resident Yashica Toshian Tucker, 40, was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for making a false claim against the U.S. Government, U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr. announced today. Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker, who imposed the sentence, also ordered Tucker to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $196,784. U.S. Attorney Miles was joined in the announcement by Jarod J. Koopman, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation.

Tucker was charged in April 2015 by a federal grand jury in a 10-count indictment that alleged she prepared and filed false federal tax refund claims between January 2011 and February 2013. Tucker pled guilty to one of those counts in August 2015. At the sentencing hearing today, Chief Judge Jonker held Tucker responsible for knowingly filing numerous false federal tax returns that fraudulently claimed refunds totaling $196,784. Tucker has agreed to be permanently barred from preparing or filing federal tax returns for anyone other than herself, and was ordered not to file returns on behalf of others during the three years she will be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office following release from prison.

This case was investigated by Special Agents of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher O’Connor prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.


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