HOUSTON – A tax preparer admitted to voluntarily preparing 2017 individual tax returns, US Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery said.

In his plea, Fabrice Mahinga admitted that from 2016 to 2018, he managed the Kennedy Tax Service in Houston. He admitted that he often claimed fraudulent items on Schedule C, education and fuel taxes on his prepared returns.

In 2019 he helped prepare a tax return that should result in a tax of $42. Mahinga assisted in filing a false Schedule C return and false credits that resulted in a false tax refund claim of $4,257 from the IRS. The copy of the return reflects an incorrect tax refund of a smaller refund – $3,259 – when the refund claimed on the return sent to the IRS was $4,257.

Mahinga took responsibility for a $270,612 loss to the IRS. He agreed to pay $182,212 in restitution.

U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison will impose the sentence on February 17. At that time, Mahinga faces up to three years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

IRS – Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation. Assistant US Attorney Charles J. Escher is prosecuting the case.

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