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Dover tax preparer indicted by grand jury

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Last week, a federal grand jury in Wilmington returned an indictment on Tuesday charging Harvey Walker, 54, a Dover tax preparer, with filing fraudulent returns. 

According to the indictment, during the 2015 through 2019 tax years, Walker prepared 23 fraudulent returns for eight different individual clients. He is alleged to have falsely claimed deductions for charitable contributions and unreimbursed employee expenses and to have falsely claimed business losses. The maximum penalty for each count is three years of incarceration and a $100,000 fine.

“Tax return preparers play an important role in helping citizens understand the complexities of the tax code and their obligations under it. When tax preparers abuse their knowledge and the trust that the system places in them by causing their clients to file false returns, it hurts everyone. My office will not hesitate to prosecute those who counsel fraud and prepare false returns,” said Delaware U.S. District Attorney David Weiss.

The Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dylan J. Steinberg is prosecuting the case.