A 42-year-old Omaha woman has been sentenced to one-and-a-half-years in federal prison and ordered to pay nearly $49,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to tax fraud.
Federal Judge Laurie Smith Camp sentenced Lisa Holmes, who pleaded guilty in December.
Federal prosecutors say Holmes, a tax preparer in Omaha, created false Schedules C for a number of clients over several years. Holmes falsely claimed clients had business income they didn’t have, gaining them higher tax refunds than they are entitled to receive.
“While most return preparers provide excellent service to their clients, a few dishonest tax preparers file false and fraudulent returns to defraud the government, the taxpaying public and their own clients,” Karl Stiften, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation, said in a written statement. “Taxpayers should be selective in choosing a return preparer, and have confidence knowing that person will prepare accurate tax returns and safeguard their financial information.”
Holmes has been ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $48,833.00. She also has been ordered to pay a special $100 assessment and serve a year of supervised release once she serves her prison term.