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Man indicted on tax fraud

NORCROSS - A federal grand jury this week indicted a Norcross tax return preparer on multiple charges relating to a false tax refund scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias' office.

Onessimus "Tony" Govereh of Zimbabwe is accused of preparing and filing 20 income tax returns for 2006 that claimed false credits based on the telephone excise tax refund, a one-time credit designed to refund previously collected federal excise taxes on long-distance telephone service.

The indictment alleges the total amount of false telephone tax claims made to the IRS was $86,023.

Nahmias' office said that in February the IRS conducted a search at Kingdom Tax Service, which also does business at Icon Tax Service, and found 66 fraudulent income tax returns that listed Govereh as the tax preparer. While typical telephone tax credits were $30 to $60, the returns falsely claimed $227 to $7,407 in telephone tax credits, the news release said.