April 18, 2005
MARY’S COUNTY TAX RETURN PREPARER PLED
GUILTY TO PREPARING FALSE RETURNS
J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Joanne Adams, a Lexington
Park tax return preparer, pled guilty in the
Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County to two counts of preparing
false State income tax returns. Adams, 58, from Pegg Drive in Lexington
Park, Maryland was charged with preparing false returns for 15
of her over 500 clients between 2002 and 2004, as well as for three
individuals posing as taxpayers but who were, unbeknownst to Adams,
working undercover for the Comptroller’s Office.
Marvin S. Kaminetz announced a sentencing date for July 22, 2005.
Judge Kaminetz also ordered Adams not to prepare
any additional tax returns as a condition of her release pending
sentencing. Over the past year or so, the State Comptroller’s
Office has audited 570 returns prepared by the Defendant, disallowing
the refunds and assessing the taxpayer’s huge penalties and
interest, totaling $1,467,516.00.
The case was investigated by the Regulatory and Enforcement Division
of the State Comptroller’s Office working jointly with
the Attorney General’s Criminal Investigations Division
and the Maryland State Police. The maximum penalty on each count
of preparing false tax returns is five years and a $10,000 fine.