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ROCHESTER, N.Y.- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Jason Jimenez, 39, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service, before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the case, stated that Jimenez owned an income tax return preparation business known as Fast Cash Tax. Between January 2012 and February 2015, the defendant conspired with other employees of Fast Cash Tax to prepare false tax returns on behalf of numerous clients. The returns were falsified to increase the amount of the Earned Income Tax Credit claimed, which yielded larger refunds for the clients than they were entitled to receive. In total, the conspiracy netted approximately $105,000 in fraudulently obtained refunds.
The plea is the result of an investigation by Special Agents with the Internal Revenue Service, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James D. Robnett.
Sentencing is scheduled for December 4, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., before Judge Wolford.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
Western District of New York