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CPA in Refund Scheme Barred from Doing Taxes

SALT LAKE CITY (CN) - A Utah accountant who sought more than $393 million in fraudulent income tax refunds for customers was permanently barred from preparing taxes for himself or others. U.S. District Judge Dale A. Kimball entered the civil injunction order against Dick Jenkins last week, stating, "Given the sheer brazenness of Jenkins's conduct, he is essentially stealing ... from the U.S. Treasury."

Jenkins had a tax preparation practice in Heber City, Utah, about 45 miles south east of Salt Lake City, and had prepared or filed fraudulent tax returns each year since 2004, according to the order.

The court found that Jenkins requested at least 20 fraudulent refunds, and said that Jenkins requested a single, fraudulent $210 million refund for one customer, and a $402,920 bogus refund for himself. At least $294,292 in fraudulent refunds were issued to Jenkins's customers, the court said.

The court permanently barred Jenkins from preparing returns or providing any other tax-related services because "Jenkins's conduct results in irreparable harm to the United States," Kimball wrote.

Jenkins also was ordered to provide a list of everyone for whom he prepared federal tax returns in the past three years.

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