Former Shawnee tax preparer indicted
Geoffrey Rotich, former owner of Shawnee-based Inventax, was indicted by a federal grand jury for preparing false and fraudulent tax returns for his clients.
The grand jury returned an indictment on 12 counts: nine counts of preparing false income tax returns, one count of bankruptcy fraud and one count of perjury related to the bankruptcy, and one count of unlawful procurement of citizenship.
Rotich is accused of helping prepare income tax returns that claimed false deductions for medical, dental and education expenses. He’s also accused of making false declarations in personal bankruptcy filings and lying under oath during a meeting of creditors. In addition, he’s being accused of entering into a fraudulent marriage and making false representations on his application for U.S. citizenship.
If convicted, Rotich faces up to 27 years in prison on the tax charges, 10 years on the false bankruptcy filings and lying under oath, and 10 years for unlawful procurement of citizenship, as well as fines of as much as $3 million.