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Stafford man pleads guilty to tax fraud

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A Stafford County man pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to three charges involving a $600,000 tax fraud scheme.

Daniel L. Jones pleaded guilty in Richmond federal court to two counts of aiding in the preparation of fraudulent tax returns for his clients and one count of making a false statement to the Internal Revenue Service that he was a certified public accountant.

Jones, 56, ran a tax preparation service for many years in the Fredericksburg area called Tax Doctor Plus.

According to court documents, Jones prepared and filed tax returns for clients between 2009 and 2012 that fraudulently claimed wages, charitable contributions, expenses and tax credits to increase their returns.

Jones will be sentenced at 10 a.m. Aug. 21 before U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne. He faces a maximum of 11 years in prison, three years of supervised release, $750,000 in fines and full restitution. 

The Internal Revenue Service, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and U.S. Attorney’s Office investigated the case.

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