Underreporting Income on Tax Returns Lands Connecticut Bookkeeper in Prison

A Connecticut bookkeeper was sentenced to four months in prison and supervised release after filing false income tax returns.

According to court records, Renee Lamar Joseph, 38, of Norwalk, Conn., was the bookkeeper for Joseph Landscaping and Masonry, a landscaping and masonry business owned and operated by her husband.  Joseph’s responsibilities included handling JLM’s billing and accounting and providing tax-related information to tax return preparers.

On Aug. 16, 2012, Joseph admitted that in April 2004, she signed and filed a false joint 2003 tax return that falsely represented JLM’s Schedule C business receipts as $221,621 when, in fact, the business receipts for calendar year 2003 were approximately $315,949.  Instead of providing her tax preparers with bank statements or information from the business’ accounting software, Joseph provided summaries, which she created and adjusted, that substantially understated business income.

As part of her sentence, Joseph is required to make restitution in the amount of $88,095, plus penalties and interest, for the tax years 2002 through 2004.

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