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Case Number: 1:19-cr-00135-HSO-JCG
Judge: Halil S. Ozerden
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (Hinds County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Stanley Harris and Kevin Schneider
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Description: Jackson, MS - The United States of America chrged Alvin Mays with filing false tax returns.
A former Gulfport, Mississippi, tax return preparer pleaded guilty on Friday to aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and United States Attorney Mike Hurst for the Southern District of Mississippi.
According to documents and information provided to the court, Alvin Mays owned and operated City Tax Service, a tax return preparation business in the Gulfport, Mississippi area. From 2012 through 2017, Mays prepared—and trained his employees to prepare—false tax returns. To fraudulently inflate client refunds, the returns claimed false education credits and losses from fictitious businesses. Mays charged his clients exorbitant preparation fees, sometimes as high as $1,600 per return. In total, May’s conduct caused a tax loss to the United States of more than $900,000.
U.S. District Judge Halil S. Ozerden scheduled sentencing for April 16, 2020. Mays faces a statutory maximum sentence of three years in prison on each count, as well as a period of supervised release and monetary penalties. In his plea agreement, Mays agreed to pay restitution of $321,605 to the United States.
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman and U.S. Attorney Hurst thanked special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation.
AIDING AND ASSISTING IN PREPARATION OF FALSE INCOME TAX RETURN
Outcome: 01/10/2020 5 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge John C. Gargiulo: Initial Appearance re: Bill of Information and Waiver of Indictment as to Alvin Mays held on 1/10/2020. Tape Number: 1/10/2020. (AB) (Entered: 01/10/2020)
01/10/2020 6 WAIVER OF COURT APPOINTED COUNSEL by Alvin Mays. (AB) (Entered: 01/10/2020)
01/10/2020 7 WAIVER OF INDICTMENT by Alvin Mays. (AB) (Entered: 01/10/2020)
01/10/2020 8 Unsecured Appearance Bond Entered as to Alvin Mays in the amount of $25,000.00. (AB) (Entered: 01/10/2020)
01/10/2020 9 ORDER Setting Conditions of Release as to Alvin Mays (1) Unsecured Appearance Bond $25,000.00. Signed by Magistrate Judge John C. Gargiulo on 1/10/2020 (AB) (Entered: 01/10/2020)
01/10/2020 Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge Halil S. Ozerden: Change of Plea Hearing held 1/10/2020 for Alvin Mays. Plea Agreement was accepted by the Court and filed into the record. Plea Supplement was accepted by the Court and filed under seal. Plea entered by Alvin Mays: Guilty as to Counts 1 and 2 of the Information. Sentencing set for 4/16/2020 at 9:00 a.m., in Courtroom 706 (Gulfport) before District Judge Halil S. Ozerden. Defendant to remain under current conditions of release pending sentencing. APPEARANCES: AUSA Stan Harris, for the Government; James McGee, Jr., Retained, for Defendant; USPO Matthew Sones; CSO R. Dedeaux (Court Reporter T. Norton (228) 563-1748). (ALS) (Entered: 01/10/2020)
01/10/2020 10 PLEA AGREEMENT as to Alvin Mays. (ALS) (Entered: 01/10/2020)