NEWARK, N.J. – A Paterson woman was sentenced on Monday to 19 months in prison
for preparing numerous false individual income tax returns on behalf of her clients, authorities announced.
Jane Beasley, 53, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas to charges of aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of false 2008 individual income returns for clients in Paterson, according to a press release issued by U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, from 2006 through April 2010, Beasley owned and operated JB’s Tax & Bookkeeping Services, a tax preparation business in Paterson.
In each of the tax years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, Beasley prepared false tax returns for her clients by fabricating and inflating itemized deductions for medical expenses, charitable contributions, and unreimbursed business expenses, in order for her clients to obtain larger refunds than they were entitled to receive, the press release said.
Beasley defrauded U.S. taxpayers of at least $116,612, according to the US Attorney. In addition to the prison term, Judge Salas sentenced Beasley to two years of supervised release, during which time she is prohibited from working as a tax preparer.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of IRS–Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge JoAnn S. Zuniga, with the investigation leading the the conviction.