A federal court in Atlanta entered a permanent injunction against McDonough resident Marjorie St. Jean and her Jonesboro company MarjorieStjeanLLC.

It bars them from preparing federal tax returns for others and owning or operating a tax preparation business.

The U.S. Department of Justice made the announcement Aug. 21.

According to a news release, the court also ordered St. Jean and the company to pay back more than $367,000 they received for the preparation of tax returns making false claims.

Judge Eleanor L. Ross of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia signed the orders.

The release stated that the court found that St. Jean and the company prepared tax returns that included fraudulent claims for the low-income household Earned Income Tax Credit, based on bogus dependents, fabricated business income and expenses, and/or a false filing status.

The court also determined that St. Jean and the company routinely prepared tax returns that falsely claimed fuel tax credits, household help income, unreimbursed employee business expenses and self-employed business income and/or expenses.

The release further stated that the department has obtained injunctions against hundreds of unscrupulous tax preparers.

Information about these cases is available on the department’s website.

An alphabetical listing of persons enjoined from preparing returns and promoting tax schemes can be found at https://bit.ly/2NnAmCH.

Suspected injunction violations can be reported to the department’s Tax Division at tax.mail@usdoj.gov.

The Internal Revenue Service has information for choosing a return preparer on its website, https://bit.ly/2BVVxdM.

The release stated that each year, the IRS releases the top 12 scams, known as the Dirty Dozen, and tax return preparer fraud is on the 2018 list.

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