The two face a maximum of five years in prison, along with possible fines and restitution. Each of the Agees received more than $1.7 million commissions from at least 2013 through 2019, when they, along with co-conspirators, promoted and sold investments in fraudulent syndicated conservation easement tax shelters., The shelter were deigned to produce deductions for high-income taxpayers through partnerships that purported to make real estate investments.
The brothers told investors that for every dollar invested in the partnership, they would receive more than four dollars in charitable deductions.
The Agees were also accused of advising investors to backdate payments and document to make it appear the purported investments were prepared before the end of a tax yar. They also prepared tax returns for clients who agreed to invest in the easement tax shelters.