BOSTON — A former employee of the IRS Service Center in Andover was convicted today of aiding and abetting the preparation and filing of more than 400 false tax returns for herself and others.
Jennifer Beth True, 44, of Lawrence, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin to 12 months and one day in jail, three years probation and a $1,000 fine. True was also ordered to pay $689 in restitution to the victims who were charged interest and penalties based on the false statements she prepared for them, and $1,056,781 in restitution to the IRS. In September 2020, True pleaded guilty to four counts of aiding and abetting the filing of a false tax return and four counts of filing a fraudulent tax return by a United States employee. .
True was employed by the Internal Revenue Service for over 22 years. In her position as Senior Contacts Representative, she assisted team members in responding to difficult and complex taxpayer enquiries. Throughout her employment, True has been trained in tax law, ethics, information protection and disclosure, privacy, identity theft and identity protection.
True electronically filed more than 500 tax returns for herself and other taxpayers between 2012 and 2018, in violation of IRS rules prohibiting employees from “[e]participate in the preparation of tax returns for compensation, a gift or a favor. True admitted that between February 2012 and approximately April 2018, she prepared or helped prepare and file at least 70 IRS Forms 1040 – United States Individual Income Tax Returns – for herself and other taxpayers including True knew they contained bogus material such as a bogus Individual Retirement Account. deductions, false medical expenses, false unreimbursed business expenses and/or false tax preparation fees. Some statements also included false credits for children and dependents. Due to the false deductions claimed on the returns, the tax liabilities of True and the persons whose false returns were prepared by it have been reduced.
Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; William Kalb, Special Agent in Charge to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, New York Field Office; and Ramsey E. Covington, Acting Special Agent for Criminal Investigations for the Internal Revenue Service in Boston, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristina E. Barclay of Mendell’s Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted the case.