COLUMBUS, OHIO — Francis P. Chacha, 55, of Columbus, Ohio, pleaded guilty to aiding and assisting in the preparation and filing of false income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and has agreed to pay $105,163 in restitution to the IRS.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Ryan L. Korner, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office announced the guilty plea entered before U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley on August 2, 2018.

According to court documents, Chacha was the owner and operator of CMF Nationwide Tax Services in Columbus, OH. Since 2007 Chacha prepared and filed several thousand false income tax returns, and since 2010 many have contained false Schedule A charitable contribution deductions and false unreimbursed employee business expenses. These false deductions resulted in Chacha’s clients receiving unwarranted income tax refunds from the IRS.

Aiding and assisting in the preparation and filing of false income tax returns with the IRS carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

“Mr. Chacha admitted to owning a tax preparation business that blatantly ignored the tax laws by preparing false tax returns,” said Ryan L. Korner, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office. “Dishonest return preparers use a variety of methods to cheat the government, including falsifying information on the tax returns to generate larger refunds for their clients. Criminal Investigation will continue to ensure that all tax practitioners, tax preparers and others who practice in the tax law profession adhere to professional standards and follow the law.”

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel A. Brown and was investigated by special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation.

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