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Baltimore tax preparer indicted on charges of filing false returns

A Baltimore tax preparer has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of filing false income tax returns.

According to the indictment, Tynisha Martin Kadiri, 39, filed false and fraudulent tax returns for clients of her three tax preparation businesses in West Baltimore between 2012 and 2016.

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Kadiri's lawyer, Stuart A. Berman, declined comment.

The indictment was announced by acting U.S.
Attorney Stephen M. Schenning and Special Agent in Charge Kimberly Lappin of the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation division.

The indictment alleges that tax returns Kadiri filed for clients included business receipts her clients did not receive, business losses they did not incur, and false or fictitious businesses. As a result, her clients received larger refunds than they were entitled to, according to the indictment.

The indictment also alleges that Kadiri did not file federal corporate income tax returns for her businesses from tax years 2013 through 2015.

Kadiri faces a maximum sentence of up to three years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for assisting in filing false returns. The maximum sentence for failing to file a return is one year in prison.

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