Kodiak man facing tax charges

Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kodiak man is facing tax charges in Florida, according to federal officials.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the middle district of Florida said Monday that Lee Scott Roberts, a 62-year-old tax preparer, has been indicted on nine counts for allegedly filing false income tax returns.

Each count carries a maximum five years in prison and a 250-thousand dollar fine.

U.S. Attorney Paul Perez said tax payers should be careful about who they have prepare their tax returns. The IRS recommends avoiding preparers who claim they can get a larger refund than other preparers; never signing a blank income tax return; and using a tax professional who signs the return and provides a copy.

The deadline for filing federal returns is Tuesday.

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