Winnemucca tax return preparer pleads guilty to tax fraud

Winnemucca tax return prepaper pleads guilty to tax fraud (file photo)

A Winnemucca tax return preparer has pleaded guilty for her role in a tax fraud conspiracy.

Ginger Bidegary, 58, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and is scheduled for a sentencing hearing on Sept. 17.

According to court documents, Bidegary was a co-owner of Winnemucca Tax and Bookkeeping Service, a tax preparation and bookkeeping services business.

Bidegary admitted that from at least 2011 to Dec. 2013, she would advice a client to make small “investments” into various businesses she owned, so that the client could decrease her annual taxable income and increase her tax refunds.

She would then prepare false tax forms for the corresponding tax year that included large fictitious business losses in order to reduce the client’s taxable income and obtain a larger refund than what the client was entitled to receive which caused a tax loss of approximately $39,588, for tax years 2011 and 2012.

Bidegary can be facing five years in prison for conspiracy to defraud and a term of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties.

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