(STL.News) – Carlos Perea, 44, of Las Vegas, New Mexico, pleaded guilty in federal court in Albuquerque today to two counts of aiding and abetting the preparation of false income tax returns.

Perea owned and operated Perea Fast Tax in Las Vegas where he prepared income tax returns for clients and filed them with the IRS electronically and by mail.  In the plea agreement, Perea admitted to reporting false information to decrease tax liabilities and increase refunds.  Among the deceptive practices employed by Perea were deducting bogus business expenses, falsely reporting head of household status to increase the standard deduction and improperly claiming dependents to increase exemptions.

He faces up to three years in prison on each count.

The IRS investigated this case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Christenson is prosecuting the case.

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  1. Benjamin Christenson Wikipedia Page
  2. New Mexico Resource Page
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