Martin Mazarura, 33, has been sentenced to a year in prison for preparing false income tax returns and has been ordered to pay restitution.
The restitution amounts to $82,738.
Authorities say that in 2006 Mazarura was engaged in the business of preparing individual income tax returns from his office at 72nd and Blondo in Omaha. The IRS Fraud Detection Center noted that Mazarura had submitted a number of returns containing inflated credits. The case was referred to the IRS Criminal Investigation Division.
The criminal investigation focused on 18 tax returns prepared by Mazarura. The tax loss to the United States from these 18 returns totaled $82,738.
On those returns Mazarura claimed Telephone Excise Tax credits, additional Child Care credits, and Earned Income Credits when they were not applicable or, when applicable, claimed credits well in excess of the entitled amount.
Mazarura provided his customers with dependents on their returns who were not dependents and frequently were unknown to the customer.
Mazarura is a citizen of Zimbabwe. He left the United States and took up residence in Canada. He was extradited from Canada upon the understanding that after his prison sentence he be allowed the opportunity to return to Canada.