Tax preparer, Tiffany Gravely pleads guilty to filing false income tax returns
Acting U.S. Attorney, IRS remind taxpayers to choose tax preparer wisely
COLUMBUS, OH (STL.News) A Georgia woman who used to live in Columbus, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to filing at least 51 false or fraudulent tax returns for 19 clients in Ohio and Georgia between 2013 and 2019.
Tiffany Gravely, 47, of Powder Springs, Georgia, pleaded guilty to one count of assisting in the preparation and filing of a false or fraudulent income tax return. She faces up to three years in prison, fines and must pay $257,609 in restitution. Court documents say she prepared and filed income tax returns containing deductions for businesses that did not exist, claimed false business expenses that did not occur and claimed fictitious expenses including charitable deductions.
“This case reminds taxpayers that, during this tax filing season, they should be careful when choosing a tax preparer,” said Vipal J. Patel, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. “Tax fraud costs U.S. taxpayers millions of dollars each year, and my office will continue to hold accountable those found to be behind these fraudulent claims.”
“Each year, IRS-CI special agents and the U.S.