His daughter, Blanca L. Granados, was sentenced to six years eight months in prison; his son, Hugo Alberto Granados, to five and a half years.
The three were convicted in August of conspiracy to defraud the United States and multiple counts of aiding in the preparation and presentation of false documents. They were found to have routinely doctored client tax returns to boost refunds. At the trial, prosecutors described the company’s tax preparation manual as a handbook that outlined exactly how to commit fraud.
Saul Garcia-Soto, a Columbia Tax employee who plead guilty prior to trial, testified in 2016 employees met with Hugo C. Granados becuase clients were not receiving their refunds from the IRS.
The elder Granados asked employees if they thought the company was doing something illegal. Garcia-Soto reported that he, Blanca Granados, and Hugo A. Granados each replied Columbia Tax was doing something illegal.
Hugh C. Granados smiled and returned to working on his computer, Garcia-Soto said.