Each count carries a maximum of three years imprisonment. The United States will seek restitution for tax losses, although the total was not spelled out.
Scott is accused of filing returns that had itemized deductions for which clients were not eligible, reporting non-existent business losses and fraudulently claiming general business credits and education credits for clients between February 2014 and April 2018. The indictment specifies that he allegedly filed 55 false returns for 13 taxpayers for tax years 2013 through 2017.
Scott is also accused of reporting fake wages and a disproportionate amount of taxes being withheld from purported wages, trying to lower the amount of taxes owed by clients. He also lowballed income on his own returns. The indictment charges he under-reported income by roughly $635,000, most of it under-reported business income.