Oahu tax preparer pleads guilty to filing phony returns
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An Oahu man plead guilty in federal court on Thursday to charges of filing phony tax returns.
Guillermo Dahilig of Waialua was charged with one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation and filing of false tax returns, for returns he filed from 2009 to 2016.
According to court documents, Dahilig prepared between 750 and 1,000 tax returns each year for clients, charging between $100 and $200 per return. Dahilig falsified clients' tax returns by deliberately claiming deductions that were greater than what they reported.
He did this knowing that claiming the deductions would result in bigger returns for his customers.
Dahilig was the owner and operator of Speedy Gill Services, a tax preparation business on Oahu, and from 2010 to 2013 he also underreported the money he and his wife made from the business.
"This plea comes at a time when most Americans are filing their tax returns," said IRS-CI Agent Troy Burrus. "Bad return preparers like Guillermo Dahilig, can cause problems for clients when they file fraudulent returns."
"It pays to be cautious when entrusting your tax affairs to others," Burrus said.
Dahilig faces up to three years in prison, a fine of to $250,000 and a possible year-long period of supervised release. Dahilig also agreed to pay restitution to the IRS for the taxes due from augmented returns between 2010 and 2015.
Dahilig's next court date is currently scheduled for July 16.
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