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Las Vegas tax preparer pleads guilty to filing false tax returns

Posted at 11:49 AM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 14:49:44-04

NEVADA (KTNV) — William Pamintuan Craig, 59, of Las Vegas, Nevada, pleaded guilty Tuesday to making and subscribing a false tax return, U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich announced.

According to court documents, since at least 2012, Craig operated a tax return preparation business in Las Vegas.

When preparing his own tax returns, Craig underreported his taxable income for tax years 2012 to 2017 by approximately $439,000 in total, causing $143,237 in tax loss.

Furthermore, when preparing his clients’ tax returns, Craig purposely and fraudulently claimed sham “deductions” to which his clients were not entitled.

Between 2012 and 2017, Craig caused at least $128,000 in tax loss by filing false returns on behalf of his clients.

This case was the product of an investigation by the IRS-Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Lopez is prosecuting the case.

Craig is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon on January 23, 2020. Craig faces a maximum statutory penalty of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.