Former Tax Preparer, Lenore Gail Worthy Pleads Guilty to a Federal Tax Fraud Conspiracy
Continued to File Fraudulent Tax Returns After Her IRS E-Filing Privileges were Revoked
Greenbelt, MD (STL.News) Lenore Gail Worthy, age 53, of Accokeek, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to defraud the United States and to assisting in the preparation and filing of false tax returns.
The guilty plea was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner; Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division; and Acting Special Agent in Charge Darrell Waldon of the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, Washington, D.C. Field Office.
According to Worthy’s plea agreement, Worthy obtained electronic tax return filing privileges from the Internal Revenue System (IRS). Worthy subsequently agreed to allow co-conspirator 1, who was not eligible to for admission into the IRS’s e-filing program due to a conviction for wire fraud, to use Worthy’s unique electronic filing identifiers, in exchange for a fee of $29 per tax return. Beginning in 2012, Worthy and co-conspirator 1 agreed to operate a business that would allow co-conspirator 1 to misrepresent his/her identity on the clients’ tax returns by using Worthy’s identifiers to prepare and electronically file fraudulent client tax returns with the IRS.