Irvine accountant pleads guilty to trying to obstruct IRS investigation

OCRegister 1 month ago

SANTA ANA – A certified public accountant pleaded guilty this week to trying to obstruct an IRS investigation into allegations of false tax returns being prepared by an Irvine firm.

Antonia Rios, 52, of Irvine faces up to three years in prison after admitting to a felony count of attempting to interfere with Internal Revenue laws, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Rios was a partner with Quick Rios & Associates, which federal prosecutors said prepared tax returns for approximately 200 clients who cumulatively sought more than $100 million based on a tax refund available to those who paid excess telephone excise taxes from 2003 to 2006.

Prosecutors said Rios submitted “altered documents” to the IRS to support requests for refunds in tax returns she prepared. They also contend that she gave IRS investigators a “fake email” she had fabricated to prove that she had properly calculated the tax credit.

The IRS negotiated unspecified settlements with some of the Quick Rios & Associates’ clients, getting money back the government said was owed.

Rios is scheduled to return to court for sentencing on June 25.

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