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January 10, 2020

Tax preparer admits filing falsified returns


A Naugatuck tax preparer faces potential prison time for filing returns with false information, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Ana Nunez, 48, also known as Ana Pagoaga, of Naugatuck, pleaded guilty this week to two counts of aiding the filing of a false tax return.

The plea was entered in a proceeding before U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford. 

At the time of the offense, Nunez owned and operated Nunez MultiServices, LLC, a tax return preparation service in Naugatuck. The business was formed in 2011 and dissolved in 2015, according to the Secretary of the State’s office.

Nunez faces up to three years of imprisonment on each count. No sentencing date has been set yet. 

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Nunez falsified information on tax returns starting in 2011, and the practice is alleged to have continued for years. Federal prosecutors said Nunez routinely inflated income or created fictitious income. She also submitted false information about her clients’ expenses, including for education and child care, and included erroneous information about deductions such as business mileage, prosecutors said. 

Nunez was originally indicted in 2018 on 12 counts of filing false tax returns. Following her indictment, she was released on a $150,000 bond. Under the conditions of her release, she was prohibited from being involved in tax return preparation for anyone other than herself or members of her immediate family.

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