Although Richard Gray Sr.
spends some of the year working at a Chrysler plant in Indiana, he's been running a nice little side business out of his home in North St. Louis: Filing tax returns for friends, family and co-workers using TurboTax
. He's even expressed a desire to do tax-prep full-time.
Trouble is, a lot of what he's doing is deceptive and illegal, according to a civil injunction suit
filed yesterday in federal court by the U.S. Department of Justice. (It's not exactly a criminal charge, but rather a request that the Court shut down Gray's operation).
Now that an IRS investigation has concluded, the government alleges that:
- In 2009, Gray earned between $20 and $100 per return on 134 returns, but didn't report it as income.
- He creates sham businesses and fictitious dependent children to increase tax refunds for his clients.
- In so doing, he cheated the U.S. Treasury during 2009 alone out of an estimated $500,000.
The case has been assigned to Judge Rodney Sippel
.USA v. Richard Gray Sr.