Central Texas man detained in IRS tax fraud case

Published: Dec. 5, 2017 at 12:21 PM CST
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A Killeen tax preparer was ordered detained Monday in Waco’s federal district court after he made an initial appearance in a federal tax fraud case.

Federal magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske ordered Shermin Marshall into temporary federal custody to await further appearances in a case that involves fraudulently prepared IRS tax returns, a portion of the refunds due Marshall kept for himself, federal agents charge.

Manske, on Monday, accepted a not guilty plea from Marshall and took the question of detention under advisement, but told the court officers he would order Marshall into temporary custody until he made a final decision on custody or bond later Tuesday.

Agents arrested Marshall after an investigation that showed over a period of time he had prepared tax returns for customers, but fraudulently altered the amount due in refund, then kept the refund overage for himself and sent the balance to his client.

The investigation went as far back as the 2012 tax year and included several instances of tax returns filed in 2013, an indictment says.

Investigators said Marshall would create false dependents, fraudulent tax credits and other issues that would allow Marshall to increase refunds due to clients.

The 14 separate charges levied against Marshall include the fraud counts, one through eight, along with additional counts of aggravated identity theft, access device fraud and wire fraud.

Marshall has not yet been set for additional appearances in court.