Tax preparer in Kent indicted in tax fraud scheme

Staff writerApril 11, 2014 

A tax preparer in Kent was indicted this morning in a tax fraud scheme that preyed on immigrants, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Ryan Yann, 60, was arrested and will make his first court appearance Friday afternoon. He faces 10 counts of wire fraud, four counts of false or fraudulent claims and two counts of aggravated identity theft.

Federal prosecutors say Yann collected more than $300,000 through his scheme, which lasted from 2009 to 2012.

Yann’s clients were mostly immigrants who did not speak English well and were unfamiliar with the U.S. tax system.

He would give his clients one version of their tax return and file a different version with the IRS, according to the indictment. Yann would allegedly claim false deductions or dependents to inflate the size of the tax refund and keep the additional money for himself.

In some cases, Yann would tell clients they owed taxes and keep the client’s money, the indictment shows.

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