Should James Moss be Sent to Prison After Three of His Employees Stole $500K from IRS?

James Moss Flash Tax
James Moss facing 15 years in prison

Should military veteran James Moss, who owns a tax preparation company, Flash Tax of Montgomery, AL, be sent to prison for crimes his employees committed? Dion Evans at RMG Radio interviewed James Moss about the case and we would urge you to listen to this interview. James Moss said the employees confessed for what they did and he went to the IRS about it, but it turns out he’s the one on the hook. Moss was convicted by an Alabama jury Nov. 2, 2011, of conspiring to defraud the United States and of aiding and assisting the preparation of false tax returns. Chiquita Q. Broadnax, Lutoyua Thompson and Melinda Lambert are the three employees convicted along with Moss.

Moss is facing 15 years in prison after three of rogue employees at his consumer tax preparation business stole social security numbers and fake drivers licenses so they could file false tax returns. They reportedly stole $500,000 from the IRS over the course of three years. The tax refunds would come in and they would split the money among themselves. Moss is set to be sentenced this week. Listen to the interview and you be the judge on whether or not he should be sent to prison.

Here’s an excerpt from the Department of Justice press release after Lutoyua Thompson and Melinda Lambert were sentenced:

Judge Mark Fuller of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama sentenced Lutoyua N. Thompson and Melinda M. Lambert   to prison today for their involvement in a fraudulent tax return preparation scheme, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced.   Thompson was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Lambert was sentenced to six months in prison and six months of home confinement. Both had previously pleaded guilty to aiding and assisting the preparation of a false tax return.

According to the court documents, both Thompson and Lambert were employed by James E. Moss as tax return preparers at a tax return preparation business known as Flash Tax, located in Montgomery, Ala. Thompson was employed at Flash Tax from December 2003 through June 2005 and prepared approximately 600 tax returns. Lambert was employed at Flash Tax from December 2004 through January 2007 and prepared approximately 900 tax returns.   The majority of the returns prepared by Lambert and Thompson contained false information designed to illegally obtain higher refunds to which clients were not entitled. Lambert and Thompson admitted that Moss trained them to prepare false tax returns in order to obtain higher tax refunds for Flash Tax customers by inflating or deflating specific numbers and/or by adding totally fictitious numbers to the returns.

James Moss faces a maximum fine of $6.5 million, while Avada L. Jenkins faces a maximum fine of $5.25 million. I would love to know the make-up of the jury that convicted Mr. Moss. The women said Mr. Moss taught them how to file fraudulent tax returns, but was there proof that he really did that? Listen to the interview and judge for yourself whether justice was truly served.

Listen to Dion Evans’ interview with James Moss: