Judge gavel. (Credit: CBS News)
Judge gavel. (Credit: CBS News)

Collier County man gets 2 year sentence for aiding in false tax returns

U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell has sentenced Rubens Casseus to two years in federal prison for aiding or assisting in the preparation of false documents under Internal Revenue laws. The court also ordered Casseus to pay $59,322 in restitution to the IRS.

Casseus had pleaded guilty on August 8, 2019.

According to court documents, Casseus operated Three Brothers Tax Multiservices, Inc. in Naples, where he routinely prepared income tax returns for his clients. Between January 2014 and February 2018, Casseus, on behalf of his clients, aided in the preparation and presentation of false and fraudulent tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service.

Many of these tax returns contained fraudulent information, including representing that the taxpayers were entitled to claim head of household filing status, a false or fictitious dependent, and deductions and credits that the taxpayers were not entitled to claim. Casseus knew that the taxpayers were not entitled to such claims.

Casseus also used the identifying information of children to increase tax refunds for some of his clients. The false statements Casseus included in the tax returns inflated the tax refunds, thereby defrauding the government of tax revenue in the amount of $59,322 for tax years 2013 through 2017.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Yolande G. Viacava.

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