Waterbury man pleads guilty to filing hundreds of false tax returns

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – A Waterbury man has pleaded guilty to preparing and filing hundreds of false tax returns.

Marcus Fox, 41, of Waterbury, pleaded guilty in Hartford Federal Court.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Fox prepared and filed more than 900 tax returns with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service on behalf of clients.

A number of those tax returns included false information, including false childcare credits, education credits, American opportunity credits, itemized deductions, education expenses, charitable contributions, unreimbursed employee business expenses, hobby expenses and childcare costs.

The false returns resulted in the clients getting more refund money than they were entitled.

According to the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut said Fox falsified a number of returns that allowed him to secure a greater payout for himself without his client’s knowledge, beginning in 2011.

Fox also prepared a second tax return, which he never filed, to provide to his client to hide the ongoing scheme.

The scheme cost the federal government more than $2.2 million.

Fox pleaded guilty to two counts of aiding and assisting the filing of a false tax return.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 23, 2016.

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