Sanh Sunni Thampithak Sentenced for False Tax Returns

Sanh Sunni Thampithak Sentenced for False Tax Returns

Anchorage Woman, Sanh Sunni Thampithak Sentenced for Filing False Income Tax Returns on Behalf of Other Individuals

Anchorage, AL (STL.News) U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that Sanh Sunni Thampithak, a/k/a “Allysia” or “Ally”, 54, of Anchorage, was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison, followed by one year of supervised release for Aiding and Advising False Income Tax Returns, while preparing fraudulent income tax returns on behalf of other individuals.  Thampithak pleaded guilty to the charges in September 2020.

According to court documents, Thampithak had been filing fraudulent tax returns as an informal tax preparer, for tax years 2015-2017.  Thampithak routinely misrepresented herself to her clients as a legitimate tax preparer.  Thampithak did taxes for the Lao community and others in Anchorage, charging them $100-$300 per return, but would obtain unwarranted refunds for her clients by inflating certain Schedule A deductions and expenses.  All tax return preparers who are paid to prepare or assist substantially in the preparation of any U.S. federal tax return, claim for refund or other tax form submitted to the IRS must have a PTIN.  It is further alleged that Thampithak consistently fabricated the figures in order to generate refunds for her clients, and although she had a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN), she failed to input her PTIN on her client’s returns. 

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