By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A man who runs tax refund stores in Pittsburgh admits to defrauding the IRS of millions of dollars.
Ephrem Lijalem, the owner of the Cititax Tax Refund store in Pittsburgh, pleaded guilty to two counts in federal court, prosecutors announced Thursday.
Lijalem allegedly defrauded the IRS of $7.2 million with illegal tax refunds generated by false Schedule C tax returns.
Prosecutors said his tax returns at his stores were frequently falsified on the Appendix C attached to personal income tax forms for customers with fake business, income increases and costs change.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 31. He could face up to six years in prison, a $500,000 fine, or both.
https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2022/02/10/pittsburgh-tax-refund-stores-irs-fraud-guilty-plea/ Pittsburgh tax refund shop owner pleads guilty to $7.2 million IRS fraud – CBS Pittsburgh