Owner Of Local Tax Service Convicted For Filing False Returns

A United States District Court jury has convicted a Columbus man on 10 counts of aiding and assisting in the filing of false federal income tax returns with the IRS.

A press release by the prosecuting attorneys announced the verdict Tuesday against Neville Lyimo, 36, following a trial that began May 13.

According to court documents, Lyimo was the owner, operator and a tax return preparer at Netask Tax Services from 2003 to 2007.

The press release said Lyimo willfully prepared and filed his clients’ tax returns claiming false exemptions, deductions and credits from 2004 to 2006.

He did not review or explain the false items to his clients after the preparation was complete.

The false items resulted in larger refunds for his clients, which increased his business through referrals.

He has been released on bond and a sentencing date has not been set yet.

Lyimo faces a sentence ranging from probation to three years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
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