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Date: 10-28-2019

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United States of America v. Ananeia Derseh

Case Number: 4:17-cr-00082-HFS

Judge: Howard S. Sachs

Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri (Jackson County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Paul S. Becker

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Kansas City, MO - Three KC Tax Preparers Plead Guilty to False Tax Return Scheme

Ananeia Derseh, 42, pleaded guilty to aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return. His brother and co-defendant, Azareia Derseh, 38, pleaded guilty on Thursday, Oct. 24, to the same offense. Co-defendant Quashanda King, 38, of Kansas City, Missouri, pleaded guilty on Oct. 27, 2017, to the same offense.

Azareia Derseh owned and operated a tax preparation business in the Kansas City metropolitan area, under the names Instant Tax Service and Speedy Tax Service, at various locations. Ananiea was the manager in charge of one of the offices and King was the manager in charge of another office.

Ananeia and Azareia Derseh and King each admitted they prepared federal income tax returns for clients containing materially false and fraudulent items. They prepared returns for at least 37 individuals resulting in at least 47 false income tax returns for tax years 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Ananeia and Azareia Derseh and King included higher fees to prepare clients’ returns than what the clients were originally quoted. Often, a false Schedule C was included with clients’ returns to increase clients’ refunds. Client refunds were used to pay the high fees, with the fees most often being deducted from clients’ refunds before the refund was issued to the client. Most of the clients had between $669 and $1,437 in fees deducted from their refund.

According to court documents, the typical client who had their return prepared at Instant Tax Service was a very low wage earner, typically with under $3,000 inW-2 wages. Further, the clients were unsophisticated in tax or financial matters. When they walked into one of the two offices, they were assigned a preparer, who input their W-2 wages, dependents, and other identifying information into the appropriate field of their electronically filed returns. There was no meaningful review of the completed return, and sometimes, the client did not get a copy of the return.

Under federal statutes, each of the defendants is subject to a sentence of up to three years in federal prison without parole and must pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service in the total amount of federal tax loss as determined by the court at sentencing. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

It was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation.


Charges:


CONSPIRACY
(1)
AIDING AND ASSISTING IN THE PREPARATION AND FILING OF FALSE AND FRAUDULENT TAX RETURNS
(2-10)
AIDING AND ASSISTING IN THE PREPARATION AND FILING OF FALSE AND FRAUDULENT TAX RETURNS
(11)
AIDING AND ASSISTING IN THE PREPARATION AND FILING OF FALSE AND FRAUDULENT TAX RETURNS
(12)

Outcome: 10/25/2019 48 PLEA AGREEMENT as to Ananeia Derseh (Becker, Paul) # 1 Exhibit A). Modified on 10/25/2019 additional attachment (Ex. A) added at the request of counsel. Omitted at original filing. NEF regenerated to all parties.(Kern, Kendra) (Entered: 10/25/2019)
10/25/2019 49 Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge Howard F. Sachs: CHANGE OF PLEA HEARING held on 10/25/2019. Plea entered as to Ananeia Derseh (2) Guilty Count 11. Court accepts plea as being made freely and voluntarily. Presentence Report ordered. Defendant continued on bond and the conditions of release originally imposed until further order of the Court. Time in court: 3:00 p.m. to 3:22 p.m. To order a transcript of this hearing please contact Kathy Calvert, 816-512-5741, kathy_calvert@mow.uscourts.gov. (Anderson, Christy) (Entered: 10/25/2019)

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