Tax preparers indicted, arrested on fraud charges

2 Jacksonville men face multiple charges

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Two Jacksonville residents were arrested Tuesday on federal warrants.

U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announced that Troy Solomon, 29, and Antonio Gadsden, 37, are each facing multi-count indictment charges with conspiracy to defraud the government, and multiple counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns.

According to the indictment, Solomon and Gadsden worked at Solomon's Tax Services, LLC and conspired to defraud the United States by preparing returns using false information to maximize the refund amount received.

The indictment also alleges that those refunds resulted in more business, which led to higher tax preparation fees.

Solomon allegedly stole an identity as well as failing to file an income tax return for himself for tax year 2011.

Solomon and Gadsden each face multiple years in federal prison for each charge.

The indictment is currently a formal charge that both defendants have committed a violation of federal criminal law.

Until proven guilty, each defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation.

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