A former tax preparer from Miami has been sentenced in Omaha to a year and a day in federal prison and pay nearly $300,000 in restitution for tax fraud.
Nebraska U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg says a federal jury in May of last year convicted 44-year-old Adam Mwanza of 13 counts of tax fraud for assisting to prepare false tax returns.
According to federal prosecutors, Mwanza filed false tax returns primarily for immigrants between 2007 and 2008, falsely claiming rental deductions so they would receive larger tax refunds.
“Today’s sentence demonstrates the importance of selecting a reputable tax preparer,” Karl Stiften, IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge of the St. Louis Field Office said in a written statement. “Ultimately, the taxpayer is responsible for the accuracy of their return, not the preparer. Don’t be tempted by a refund that is too good to be true.”