A local man is facing up to 34 years in prison for preparing false income tax returns from 2007 to 2010, according to a recent U.S. Department of Justice press release.
Solomon Frank-Sawari, owner of Merit Tax Service in Robbindsale and Capitol Income Tax in Minneapolis, was charged on Monday, Jan. 28, with nine counts of preparing false income tax returns and one count of aggravated identity theft. He’s being indicted with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
According to the press release, Frank-Sawari and employees Chasma Dixon, and Tameca Stokes worked together to “obstruct the IRS in its collection of income taxes.”
False tax returns prepared by the three defendants generated refunds in excess of $200,000, according to the press release. Frank-Sawari, Dixon and Stokes allegedly recruited customers and instructed them to sign false income declarations and other paperwork.