UNITED STATES-CRIME-Trinidadian couple indicted on tax crimes

The United States Department of Justice says a federal grand jury in Macon, Georgia has returned an 18-count indictment alleging that a Trinidadian-born couple, who owned and operated a tax preparation business, “conspired to defraud the United States by preparing and filing fraudulent tax returns”.

The Justice Department charged that the “fraudulent tax returns” prepared and filed by Natashia and Detrick Tucker, “illegally claimed inflated tax refunds for their clients”.

The Tucker’s tax preparation business, called T&T Express, is located in Pine Mountain, Georgia, the department said.

The indictment also charges both of the Tuckers with specific counts of “aiding the filing of false tax returns, including Natashia Tucker’s personal returns”.

The Tuckers were arrested and made their initial appearances in court.

If convicted of the conspiracy charge, the Justice Department said Natashia and Detrick Tucker each face a maximum potential sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment.

In addition, the department said they face a maximum of three years in jail for each count of conviction for aiding the filing of false tax returns.