The football player-turned-accountant falsely represented business losses and tax credits to IRS.
A former Florida State University football star was sentenced to 54 months after pleading guilty to charges of preparing false tax returns, theft of government funds and aggravated identity theft.
Kenneth Alexander, 46, of Tallahassee, Florida, was also ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution to the IRS.
A former linebacker for Florida State University, Alexander had gone into the tax preparation business.
Between 2012 and 2016, Alexander, the sole shareholder of Wizard Business Center in Tallahassee, prepared and filed false tax returns with the IRS for various individuals. Alexander falsely represented the taxpayers’ itemized deductions, business losses and marital status.
“Mr. Alexander used his position as a trusted accountant and well-known FSU football player to file false tax returns as part of a complicated scheme involving obtaining false solar power credits and false deductions for his clients,” Special Agent in Charge Mary Hammond of IRS Criminal Investigation, Tampa Field Office, said in a prepared statement
“Additionally, he represented these clients before the IRS …This conduct undermines the credible professionals in the tax community and damages the many individuals who sought his counsel. The prison sentence of 54 months and restitution of more than $1 million underlines the significant consequences of failing to follow the law.”
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