Tax Preparer Charged With Defrauding State Of $1.4M
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minneapolis woman is charged with 53 felony counts for filing false income tax statements on behalf of her clients and failing to file her own tax returns.
Prosecutors allege 51-year-old Rona Griffin cost the state more than $1.4 million in tax revenue between 2009 and 2013.
According to the complaint, Griffin started her own business, HAH Broker Inc., out of her home in Champlin before moving to Minneapolis. Griffin did tax preparation and accounting. But an investigation by the state Revenue Department determined she had hundreds of individual and business clients and made false statements on most of their tax filings.
The complaint says Griffin consistently lied about their charitable contributions and about business expenses that were not reimbursed.
Reports say Griffin is not in custody.