Attorney General Gansler Secures Guilty Plea in Tax Fraud Case
Tax Preparer convicted on Six Counts
MD ( Aug. 12, 2011) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has secured a guilty plea from tax preparer Ronald Randle, Sr., 59, of Owings Mills, operating as Ron’s Tax Business. Randle pled guilty this week in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to four counts of filing a false tax return by a preparer and two counts of willfully filing a fraudulent return. Judge Paul A. Hackner sentenced Randle to five years of incarceration -- all of which was suspended -- and ordered him to complete five years of supervised probation, during which he cannot act as a tax preparer or assist others with filing tax returns in any way. Additionally, the court entered a judgment against the defendant totaling $13,524.
“The victims in this case were unwittingly sent on a tax refund roller coaster ride by this tax preparer,” said Attorney General Gansler. “Marylanders should always review their returns, especially if they’re filed electronically by a tax preparer. The joy of getting a big refund can turn into a harsh tax liability if the return is not prepared by an honest and competent professional.”
Randle operated a tax service from his home since 2005. The investigation revealed that taxpayers often went to him after learning he could allegedly get them larger refunds than other tax preparers. For a $150 fee, Randle filed electronic returns without consulting his clients other than to request their W-2.
Randle routinely completed clients’ returns with fraudulent information such as fictitious professional and union dues, medical and charitable expenses, property tax withholdings and various subscriptions, all of which led to the issuance of excessive and unwarranted refunds. Randle then failed to report the income he earned from his business on his personal tax returns in 2008 and 2009 so as to avoid paying the State the taxes he owed.
The conviction follows an investigation by the Attorney General's Criminal Division, with assistance from the Maryland State Police and the Maryland Office of the Comptroller's Revenue Administration Division. In making today's announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Megan Davey Limarzi and Investigative Auditor Jim Williams for their work on the case.