Cincinnati tax return preparer sentenced to 2 years in prison for scheming $95,000

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Cincinnati tax preparer has been sentenced to two years in prison for aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns. The judge in the case found that the intended tax loss to the government associated with this scheme was over $95,000.

Thierno M. Diallo was found guilty on seven counts in August 2010.

According to documents and testimony presented during the trial, for the 2005-2007 tax years, Diallo prepared materially false U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns (Forms 1040) for customers of his return preparation business, Madina Consulting Services.

These returns caused the IRS to issue refunds that his customers were not entitled to receive. Witnesses testified that Diallo, a U.S. citizen originally from Guinea, used his knowledge of west African culture and language to recruit customers from other west African nations who live in the Cincinnati area. These witnesses testified that Diallo included false items on their returns without their knowledge.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Beckwith ordered Diallo to serve 1-year of supervised release. As a condition of supervised release, Judge Beckwith barred Diallo from engaging in the business of tax return preparation.

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