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June 11, 2021Rock Springs, WY, United StatesFinancial Crimes

HSI investigates CPA who prepared false income tax return

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — A Certified Public Accountant practicing in Wyoming, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson to 120 days of imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release for aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns filed with Internal Revenue Service.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie I. Sprecher.

Paul Edman, 53, plead guilty in March 2021.

In February 2017, agents from IRS-CI, HSI and the DCI, interviewed Edman about several of his clients, who are local restaurant owners and were believed to be suppressing cash sales. After a thorough investigation, including the use of a grand jury and interviews, the government determined Edman had willfully counseled the restaurant owners in the preparation of Internal Revenue Service Form 1040 for calendar year 2014, knowing that Form 1040 was false.

Edman made significant adjustments to both personal and business expenses related to the family-owned restaurants to reduce their tax bill, which totaled nearly $645,000. He recommended ways, via email, in which they could deduct expenses in a fashion that would not stand out in an audit. This communication was easily traced and proved that Edman willfully provided the advice in an effort to defraud the United States government. Ultimately, Edman reduced the amount of his client’s tax bill by $72,000 and then signed and filed the tax return electronically.

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Updated: 06/29/2021