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United States of America v. Richard Ortegon
Case Number: 5:19-cr-00252-DAE
Judge: David A. Ezra
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Texas (Bexar County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Sean Bryan O'Connell
Defendant's Attorney: Charles J. Muller, III and Jaime Vasquez
San Antonio, TX - San Antonio Man Pleads Guilty To Fraudulent Income Tax Return Preparation
Richard Ortegon pleaded guilty to assisting in the preparation of a false U.S. Income Tax Returns which contained fraudulent deductions.
According to public records, the defendant owned and operated Aztec Tax Consulting Group, LLC and assisted clients in preparing their federal income tax returns. On the tax returns he prepared and submitted to the IRS, Ortegon admittedly included false Residential Energy Credits and inflated expenses on Schedule A and Schedule C forms. Specifically, on a client’s 2014 Individual Income Tax Return, Ortegon provided fraudulent figures--$8,092 in Residential Energy Credits and false expenses totaling $24,040. Ortegon further admitted that the total tax due and owing attributed to the false income tax returns he prepared is approximately $75,000.
“As we approach Monday’s deadline to file your taxes, remember: Intentionally falsifying your tax return is a serious federal crime,” stated U.S. Attorney Bash.
“Most return preparer businesses are operating to ensure taxpayers are reporting to the IRS correctly. Unfortunately, there are a few unscrupulous return preparers that violate their customers’ trust to benefit financially from the preparation and filing of false tax returns,” said IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Kull. “IRS-Criminal Investigation is committed to identifying these individuals that are exploiting our tax system for their personal gain.”
Ortegon faces up to three years in federal prison and restitution to the IRS.
Agents with the IRS—Criminal Investigation conducted this investigation.
Outcome: 04/12/2019 8 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Richard B. Farrer:Initial Appearance as to Richard Ortegon held on 4/12/2019. (Minute entry documents are not available electronically.) Rearraignment held on 4/12/2019. Defendant Informed of Rights. Plea of guilty entered as to Richard Ortegon (1) Count 1. Referred to Probation for Presentence Report. (Minute entry documents are not available electronically.) Guilty Plea Accepted by Court as to Richard Ortegon (1) Count 1. (Court Reporter ftr gold.) (rg) (Entered: 04/12/2019)