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Tax Preparer Indicted For Filing False Returns In Naugatuck

Federal Courthouse in New Haven.
Federal Courthouse in New Haven. Photo Credit: U.S. Federal Courthouses

A tax preparer in Connecticut is facing a dozen charges for allegedly filing false returns over the course of several years.

Ana Nunez - also known as Ana Pagoaga - of Naugatuck, has been indicted by a federal grand jury charging him with 12 counts of filing false tax returns. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

U.S. Attorney John Durham said that Nunez was the owner of Nunez Multiservices, LLC, a tax return preparation service located in her hometown. Between 2011 and 2016, Nunez allegedly falsified information on tax returns she prepared for clients and caused the returns to be filed with the IRS.

According to the indictment, on the returns, Nunez routinely inflated income or created fictitious income; falsified expenses, including education and child care expenses, and falsified deductions, such as business mileage. At times, without her clients’ knowledge or consent, Nunez also falsely inflated information on her clients’ returns in order to increase their refunds and then directed the excess funds to an account she controlled.

Nunez has been released on $150,000 bond. As part of the conditions of her release, she has been barred from preparing or assisting in the preparation of others’ tax returns. If convicted, Nunez faces up to three years in prison on each count. No return court date has been announced.

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