Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Filing False Returns

A Kansas City tax preparer pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to aiding in the creation of at least 43 false tax returns. 

67-year-old Linzell Harris entered a guilty plea on one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return. 

Harris owned and ran the tax prep business The MJM Group Inc. from 1999 to 2022. 

With his guilty plea, he admitted to “willfully exaggerating and fabricating” deductions and credits for his clients to glean larger refunds.

As a result of his faulty returns, the IRS lost more than $120,000 between 2015 and 2019. 

Harris prepared returns for at least 12 clients during that time, filing a minimum of 43 false returns. 

On top of that, Harris admitted that he didn’t file personal returns in 2015 and 2016, resulting in further tax losses totaling more than $60,000.

Combined with the false returns, the government was out more than $180,000. 

Harris faces a maximum of three years in federal prison without parole.