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United States of America v. Omar Jaber
Case Number: 4:18-cr-00031-CDP
Judge: Catherine D. Perry
Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Tom Albus
Defendant's Attorney: Charles Joseph Banks
St. Louis, MO - Tax Preparer Sentenced to Prison for Theft of Government Funds, Identity Fraud
Omar Jaber, 31, of St. John, Missouri was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised release and $197,213 in restitution to the IRS. Jaber admitted to stealing government funds while a tax preparer for Rapid Tax Service in St. Louis during 2015 and 2016. Jaber pleaded guilty on May 7, 2018 and appeared for sentencing in St. Louis today before U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry.
In his plea, Jaber admitted to stealing the personal identification of forty-two different individuals, filing false tax returns in their names and converting some or all of their purported tax refunds to his own use.
At sentencing, the government pointed out that while the U.S. Treasury is the ultimate victim of Jaber’s malfeasance, many of the individual victims depending on refunds due to the Earned Income Tax Credit. The delay in their receipt of tax refunds was a significant economic hardship to taxpayers who depend on the EITC to supplement their wages.
“Today’s sentence highlights the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct,” said Karl Stiften, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation, St. Louis Field Office. “Today, Mr. Jaber is being held accountable for his criminal activity.”
“Vigorous prosecution and substantial sentences in cases of tax fraud, especially those involving tax preparers, is essential to our nation’s voluntary tax compliance system,” said U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen.
This case was investigated by the IRS – Criminal Investigation Bureau.
Outcome: Defendant is hereby committed to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a total term of 27 months, with recommendations to the BOP. This term consists of a term of 27 months on each of Counts 1 and 2, all such terms to be served concurrently. Supervised Release for a term of three years, with additional supervised release terms. This term consists of a term of three years on each of Counts 1 and 2, all such term to run concurrently. Restitution in the total amount of $197,213.00. Special Assessment of $100 on each of counts 1 and 2, for a total of $200, which is due immediately.