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A Plainfield, N.J.-based tax preparer has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for filing fake returns both for clients and himself. Samuel Davis Jr., 54, a former N.J. State Police officer, received the term after pleading guilty to conspiring to defraud the IRS, falsifying his tax returns and witness tampering.

The witness tampering charge stemmed from Davis’ discovery in October 2018 that his son had been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury and he tried to persuade his son to provide false testimony. 

Davis was a detective sergeant with the N.J. State Police who also owned and operated the Get Organized Tax & Accounting tax preparation business. From 2011 to 2016, Davis and co-conspirator, Kyna Felder-Ruiz, filed fake income tax returns for clients. For tax years 2012 through 2014, Davis also underreported income from the tax business.

Davis retired from the State Police in 2016 after 28 years.

Davis was also fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $71,558 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.  Felder-Ruiznis was scheduled to be sentenced this month after her guilty plea.

Bob Scott
Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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