Woman Convicted of Preparing False Income Tax Return

HOUSTON, December 31, 2014 - Nina Thompson aka Nina Thompson Price has entered a guilty plea to willfully aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of a false U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson and Special Agent in Charge Lucy Cruz of Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI).

According to the plea agreement filed in the record of the case, Thompson was in the business of preparing income tax returns and operated under the name N.M. & T. Tax Service located on Bellaire Boulevard in Houston. Thompson admitted she willfully placed numerous false items on her clients’ income tax returns in an attempt to lower their income tax liabilities.

The return she prepared that formed the basis of the charges against her resulted in a tax loss to the United States of $7,428. As part of the plea today, she admitted that as a result of her actions, the total relevant conduct for sentencing purposes is $226,884. She has agreed to pay that amount in restitution to the IRS.

U.S. District Judge David Hittner, who accepted the guilty plea, has set sentencing for March 24, 2015. At that time, she faces up to three years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine.

IRS-CI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Charles J. Escher is prosecuting the case. AUSA Jimmy Sledge handled the plea hearing today.

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