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Philadelphia Man Sentenced to 84 Months in Prison for $8 Million Tax Return Fraud

April 11, 2017

Office Affiliation: The Office of Investigations

From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania:

Today, United States District Court Judge Legrome D. Davis sentenced Ahmed Kamara, 41 of Collingdale, Pennsylvania, to 84 months’ imprisonment for conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service by filing false federal income tax returns, announced Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen. Defendant Kamara pleaded guilty to preparing and filing false federal income tax returns, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft on July 18, 2016.

Ahmed Kamara and five co-conspirators were charged with conspiring to file false federal tax returns for themselves and others. As a manager of Medmans Financial Services, a tax preparation business operating out of Philadelphia, Kamara prepared fraudulent federal income tax returns for himself and his clients. From 2008 to 2013, Kamara obtained names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers of children in foster care, and falsely claimed that these children were the dependents on the fraudulent federal income tax returns he prepared for himself and his clients. Over this period of time, Kamara prepared 1,217 returns which resulted in a tax loss to the Internal Revenue Service of approximately $7,972,093.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, the City of Philadelphia Office of the Inspector General, and the Social Security Administration OIG-Office of Investigations, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Costello.

 <p style="margin-right: 0.5in"> From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania: </p>

Today, United States District Court Judge Legrome D. Davis sentenced Ahmed Kamara, 41 of Collingdale, Pennsylvania, to 84 months’ imprisonment for conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service by filing false federal income tax returns, announced Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen. Defendant Kamara pleaded guilty to preparing and filing false federal income tax returns, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft on July 18, 2016.

Ahmed Kamara and five co-conspirators were charged with conspiring to file false federal tax returns for themselves and others. As a manager of Medmans Financial Services, a tax preparation business operating out of Philadelphia, Kamara prepared fraudulent federal income tax returns for himself and his clients. From 2008 to 2013, Kamara obtained names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers of children in foster care, and falsely claimed that these children were the dependents on the fraudulent federal income tax returns he prepared for himself and his clients. Over this period of time, Kamara prepared 1,217 returns which resulted in a tax loss to the Internal Revenue Service of approximately $7,972,093.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, the City of Philadelphia Office of the Inspector General, and the Social Security Administration OIG-Office of Investigations, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Costello.

 

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