Maine Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Preparing False Tax Return

Ashraf Eldeknaway, a tax preparer in Portland, Maine, pled guilty to one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return. To claim the Earned Income Tax Credit and a fraudulently increased refund, Eldeknawey admitted to willfully preparing a false 2015 tax return for two clients that intentionally included overstated self-employment. The preparation of the false returns caused a loss between $40,000 and $100,000 to the government.

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