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Sabinal tax preparer indicted for fraud

By Diane Cosgrove
Anvil Herald Staff

Mary Davis Reyes, a resident of Sabinal and owner of Fast Tax, has been indicted on 21 counts of Preparing False Federal Income Tax Returns, according to a criminal indictment filed in the Western District of the United States District Court, Del Rio Division.

According to the indictment, Reyes is accused of preparing false and fraudulent returns to enable the taxpayers filing the returns to claim tax refunds they were not entitled to, beginning with calendar tax year 2008 and continuing into calendar tax year 2009.

Each count carries a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment, $250,000 fine, one year supervised release and $100 special assessment.

In a phone interview on Wednesday, Daniel J. Kindred, District Attorney for the 38th Judicial District, affirmed that Reyes was employed at his Uvalde office, but he had no knowledge of Reyes’ indictment nor any investigation related to the charges. Reyes was listed as administrative assistant on the DA’s official website.

“I am surprised,” Kindred said. “I had no idea.”

Following a review of the indictment and verifying that she was in fact under indictment, Kindred said he terminated her employment later that day.

“I’m very sad. I’ve known her and her husband for many years; they’re nice people. She has worked in my Uvalde office as a clerk, and she has been a very good employee.”

Kindred added that her duties at the office were clerical in nature, and the charges against her have nothing whatsoever to do with her work in the DA’s office. He said he knew she had a tax preparation service as a side business for some time.

An attempt to reach Reyes at her office was met with a disconnect message from the phone company.

Reyes’ husband, Sabinal Chief of Police Jesus “Chuy” Reyes had no comment when contacted on Wednesday, advising the Anvil Herald to contact his wife at work.

Her attorney, Sara Ruth Spector, Esq., had no comment to make on the case Wednesday, except to note that Reyes would be arraigned on Oct. 1 in Del Rio.

 



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