Immigration Advocate In Arizona Pleads Guilty To Felony Tax Charge

An immigration advocate Elias Bermudez plead guilty to adding children who live in Mexico as dependents for his clients’ tax returns to maximize their refundable credits.

According to the AP, authorities said they recorded Bermudez while meeting with undercover IRS agents who posed as potential clients, telling the agents they should include false dependents on their returns to reduce their tax liability.

 

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AP:

A longtime advocate for immigrants in Arizona has pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge tied to his tax preparation business after acknowledging that he falsely added dependents — including three children who lived in Mexico — to his clients’ tax returns to maximize refundable credits.

Elias Bermudez, who more than a decade ago led protests against Arizona’s immigration laws and then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s crackdowns on immigrants, pleaded guilty to one charge of assisting in the preparation of false tax returns.

Authorities say Bermudez, who owned a business that helped immigrants prepare immigration and tax documents, prepared 27 false income tax returns from 2010 through 2012 and encouraged clients to list family members living in Mexico — many of whom weren’t their children — as dependents.

In pleading guilty, Bermudez acknowledged that he filed one false tax return that listed three Mexican children as dependents, leading to a $4,000 loss for the United States’ government. As part of the plea, 26 other charges against Bermudez will be dismissed.

The 67-year-old Bermudez faces up to three years in prison. More

What’s up with this plea bargaining nonsense? They throw out 26 other charges against Bermudez and only prosecuted him for one crime? Wake up, America. This is a well known and used scam. Illegals have used this type of scam for decades.

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