A Buffalo tax preparer accused of submitting fraudulent returns on behalf 35 clients pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal tax fraud Friday in State Supreme Court.
Dorothea Fleming, 54, was employed as a tax preparer at Pro-File Tax and Insurance Coalition, formerly known as Capital Tax Service, on Hertel Avenue. Fleming's deceit resulted in $10,618 in unwarranted refunds within a single calendar year, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.
When she is sentenced July 31, Fleming faces a possible sentence of 1 1/2 to 4 years in prison for the felony.
The case was investigated by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.