TOPEKA, Kan. — Federal prosecutors say a Topeka tax preparer pleaded guilty to 13 counts of filing false tax returns.
U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said in a news release that 39-year-old Maurice Stewart entered his plea Tuesday. The false tax returns caused a tax loss of $93,402.
Stewart admitted that he filed returns in clients’ names and falsely claimed the returns were self-prepared. He also falsely reported the clients suffered business losses.
Stewart filed the claims using the IP address of a Topeka business where he once worked, and he prepared returns using an online program with an account in another person’s name.
Sentencing is set for Oct. 30.