A federal judge in Santa Ana Tuesday permanently banned a man, who pleaded guilty in a tax fraud scheme, from preparing tax returns for others.
Ernest Jesus Suarez, 61, of Orange pleaded guilty to a fraud scheme in February, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Suarez would tell his clients he would file accurate returns and advance the refund to the customers, prosecutors said.
However, Suarez would file false returns and direct the larger refunds to his own accounts, prosecutors said.
Suarez was also accused of falsely claiming a spouse on his tax return, prosecutors said.
In all, Suarez was accused of receiving at least $1.4 million in bogus tax refunds. He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 15.
U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney Tuesday signed off on a civil injunction prohibiting Suarez from ever preparing anyone else’s tax returns again.