Tax preparer pleads guilty to filing fraudulent returns
7:29 PM, Feb 13, 2018
A Las Vegas tax return preparer pleaded guilty Tuesday to filing fraudulent tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
According to documents and information provided to the court, from 2009 through 2015, Ofelia Ronquillo, 62, prepared fraudulent income tax returns for clients through a business known as A.R. Financial LLC and later AJRC Tax Services, in Las Vegas.
Ronquillo included false items on her clients’ tax returns, including bogus charitable contributions, capital losses, and unreimbursed employee expenses—such as meals and transportation expenses, as well as claimed inflated refunds to which her clients were not entitled. Ronquillo admitted that she caused a tax loss of more than $2.7 million.
U.S. District Court Judge Andrew P. Gordon scheduled sentencing for May 17. Ronquillo faces a statutory maximum sentence of three years in prison for each count, as well as a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.