Irving, TX (WBAP/KLIF) – Two tax return preparers in Irving have been charged with federal fraud and identity theft.
The Department of Justice detailed an indictment against Francisco Ventura and Mario Melendez.
Both men have been charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S., and multiple counts of filing fraudulent tax returns for clients between November 2013 and May 2014.
Ventura owned several tax preparation businesses in irving including AJJ Tax and More, and I-Care Financial Services; Melendez worked for him.
The Dallas Morning news reports, Ventura has also been charged with five counts of wire fraud, five counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of filing a fraudulent personal tax return.
They face five years in prison for the conspiracy charge and three years for each of the fraudulent tax return charges.
The indictment also charges Ventura with wire fraud, fraudulent individual return and identity theft. He faces a maximum of 20 years for each wire fraud count alone.
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