NEWARK, NJ — A man working as a tax preparer admitted on Wednesday to assisting in the falsification of his clients’ tax returns for larger refunds, according to acting United States Attorney Rachael A. Honig. 

Sylvain Dienhoue, 53, pleaded guilty via videoconference to three counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns for three clients. Court documents reveal that the Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania resident, who worked as a tax preparer at Cadi’s Multi Services, knowingly helped file 44 fraudulent returns from 2014 to 2016. 

Dienhoue falsified and inflated figures like expenses and itemized deductions in order to secure higher refunds for clients, according to documents. He overstated amounts for itemized deductions and expenses totaling $56,721 for an unidentified Individual-1, $56,861 for an unidentified Individual-2 and and $48,086 for an unidentified Individual-3. 

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The charges of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false and fraudulent tax returns carry a maximum of three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Dienhoue is scheduled for sentencing this May. 

The investigation was led by special agents from the Internal Revenue Service under Special Agent in Charge Michael Montanez in Newark. Dienhoue’s counsel, Keith Hirschorn, did not respond to requests for comment.