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Massachusetts wins preliminary injunction against tax preparer for alleged fraud

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 14, 2017

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BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced March 6 that her office’s request for preliminary injunction against Samuel M. Dangaiso and his unregistered company Tax Enterprises has been granted.


According to allegations, the defendant defrauded clients by filing tax returns with inflated and falsified information on their behalf and then keeping the extra funds for himself. The injunction bans Dangaiso from preparing and submitting tax returns on behalf of consumers in the state. All his assets are frozen until the case is finalized.


“We allege that this defendant filed more than $2 million in fraudulent deductions and pocketed tens of thousands of dollars of the falsified refunds,” Healey said. “This tax season we will be watching for scam tax preparers and will take action to stop tax fraud in order to protect the public.”


Healey’s office seeks damages and injunctive relief. Handling the case for the state are assistant attorney general Brendan Jarboe and paralegal Ivy Yan of Healey’s Consumer Protection Division, with assistance from the state’s Department of Revenue.


“We appreciate the attorney general’s assistance and cooperation in preventing the defendant from doing business during the tax season and helping to protect taxpayers,” said Department of Revenue Commissioner Michael J. Heffernan. “The department is committed to identifying and exposing tax fraud and abuse.”

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