Tax preparer gets jail for faking tax returns

A Shelton tax preparer was sentenced to jail time for filing fake expenses, deductions and credits on client’s tax returns without his clients’ knowledge, according to reports from the federal court.

Bellarmin Namegabe, 47, of Shelton, was sentenced Monday to 36 months imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Namegabe made the false returns that included fabricated Schedule A’s, Schedule C’s, number of dependents, fuel tax credits and other items.

As part of the investigation, special agents with the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division interviewed 11 of Namegabe’s clients who stated that Namegabe had falsified their returns, a release from the U.S. Department of Justice Connecticut office (DOJ) said.

In addition, as part of an undercover operation, an agent dropped off his W-2 at Namegabe’s business, provided his name and some identifying information, such as his Social Security number, and left.

With the information provided, the undercover agent was only entitled to a refund of $632.  Approximately two weeks later, the undercover agent’s return was posted to the IRS database.  The return was prepared falsely and generated a refund of $3,235, the DOJ said.

On Dec. 4, 2014, Namegabe pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and assisting the filing of a false tax return.

As part of his sentence, Namegabe is required to pay back taxes, penalties and interest related to the false tax returns he prepared during the 2007 through 2011 tax years for the 11 individuals who were interviewed as part of the investigation, the DOJ said.  The tax loss connected to those false returns is about $240,196.