December 9, 2022

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Tax Tiger preparer pleads guilty to tax fraud

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HOUSTON – A local woman has admitted to aiding and assisting in preparation of at least 50 false income tax returns, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Krystle Robinson prepared income tax returns for clients under her own tax service business.

As part of her plea, Robinson admitted that between 2013-2017, she helped prepare income tax returns under the business name Tax Tigers. After January 2017, Robinson’s business name was changed to Tax Lions.

In the fraudulent tax returns, Robinson made false claims of business losses from sole proprietorships and inflated Schedule A deductions and education credits. Robinson also admitted that she assisted in preparing a false income tax return for an undercover IRS agent.

The fraudulent tax returns resulted in a total loss of $245,995. Robinson agreed to pay restitution to the IRS. 

U.S. Circuit Judge Gregg Costa accepted the plea and set sentencing for May 18. At that time, Robinson faces up to three years in prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine. She was permitted to remain on bond pending that hearing.

IRS-Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles J. Escher is prosecuting the case. 

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