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A Lake Worth, Fla., tax preparer has been found guilty of government money theft, aggravated identify theft and of preparing false tax returns.  Larry Senat, 38, forged his signature on a $9,800 tax refund check and took $1,000 from each client’s refund, besides charging fees.

Senat was originally indicted on 11 counts of preparing bogus tax returns while operating American Justices Services and Tax  from 2012 to 2016, costing the government $11.7 million.

He inflated customer tax refunds through use of fabricated business losses and nonexistent education expense. Also, after the Internal Revenue Service suspended two EFINs that Senat used, he began using nominees to obtain EFINs to continue operating.

Senat faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for theft of government funds and three years for each count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false returns.  He also faces possible restitution, forfeiture, and monetary penalties.

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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