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Honolulu tax accountant pleads guilty to filing false tax returns

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:35 a.m. HST, Jul 10, 2013

A Honolulu tax accountant has plead guilty to assisting in the filing of a false income tax return to the Internal Revenue Service.

Merla Balubar also pleaded guilty Tuesday to willfully filing a false joint IRS tax return form.

U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni said Balubar faces up to three years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for each count when she’s sentenced in November.

Prosecutors said IRS investigators studied a random sampling of tax returns prepared by Balubar. All 79 returns they randomly reviewed were found to falsely overstate deductible expenses.

Prosecutors said the Ewa Beach resident has agreed to pay more than $230,000 in restitution for preparing false tax returns and more than $96,000 for preparing her own false joint tax returns.

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Pocho wrote:
on July 9,2013 | 07:35PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
She should go to jail, no excuse for not paying your taxes.
on July 9,2013 | 08:40PM
sailfish1 wrote:
She must have made a lot of money if she can pay those fines.
on July 9,2013 | 11:36PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Guess if she's in prison, she can't pay those fines. If you got the money, the feds prefer fining you. Putting her in jail costs money. Incarceration is what the rest of us get cuz we can't pay. Besides that, she also has to pay her attorneys. But then, they kept her out of jail.
on July 10,2013 | 01:57AM
cojef wrote:
I n the days of yore, the sentence was 3 years in the clink. This is back in the 70's, when our family doctor was sent away for 3 years. When he returned we were still his patients. His bookkeeper did him in. Nowadays prison sentences seem more of an option???
on July 10,2013 | 07:39AM
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