Tax Preparer Admits to Submitting Fraudulent Returns

Modified: May 18, 2018 2:36pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 54-year-old Dorothea Fleming of Buffalo pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to Criminal Tax Fraud in the Third Degree, an “E” felony.

While employed as a tax preparer at Pro-File Tax and Insurance Coalition, formerly known as Capital Tax Service, on Hertel Avenue in the City of Buffalo, the defendant submitted fraudulent returns on behalf of 35 clients, resulting in $10,618.20 in refunds within a single calendar year.

Fleming faces 1 ½ to 4 years in prison when she is sentenced on Tuesday, July 31 at 2 p.m.

DA Flynn commends the investigative work of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

Assistant District Attorney Kelley A. Omel of the DA’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Bureau prosecuted the case.