2 convicted of fraud in "Flash Tax" case

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Two people connected to a Montgomery tax preparation business known as "Flash Tax" were found guilty Thursday of defrauding the U.S. Government.

James E. Moss and Avada L. Jenkins were found guilty in a jury trial presided over by U.S. District Court Judge Mark E. Fuller.

The jury found both suspects guilty of conspiring to defraud the United States and for aiding and assisting the preparation of false tax returns, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced.

The evidence at trial proved that both Moss and Jenkins, an employee of Flash Tax, prepared false tax returns for customers that fraudulently inflated the amount of refunds due to the customers.  Evidence presented at trial showed that the tax loss affiliated with this scheme was more than $75,000.

No sentencing date is set, but Moss faces a maximum potential sentence of 80 years in prison and a maximum fine of $6.5 million. Jenkins faces a maximum potential sentence of 65 years in prison and a maximum fine of $5.25 million.

INFORMATION SOURCE: U.S. Attorney's office