Former Utica Tax Preparer Indicted for Tax Fraud

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SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Dianna Nolan, age 46, formerly of Utica, New York, has been charged by indictment with two counts of filing false income tax returns and 15 counts of aiding and assisting the filing of false income tax returns. The indictment was announced by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Thomas Fattorusso, Executive Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI), New York Field Office.

The indictment alleges that Nolan worked as a professional tax return preparer in Oneida County, New York, between at least 2014 through 2018. Nolan is charged with filing false income tax returns on behalf of various clients during those years by falsely claiming losses for rental properties. Nolan is also charged with filing false tax returns on her own behalf for tax years 2017 and 2018 by failing to report all of the income she received from her tax preparation business.

The charges filed against Nolan carry a maximum sentence of 3 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, a term of supervised release of up to 1 year, and a special assessment of $100 per count of conviction.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

The defendant, who recently moved to Florida, was arraigned today by videoconference before United States Magistrate Judge Miroslav Lovric and released pending a trial to be scheduled before Senior United States District Court Judge Norman A. Mordue.

The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI), and it is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael F. Perry.