PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Tax Division Richard E. Zuckerman, announced that Nvahbulai “Kosh” Quisiah, 44, of Philadelphia, PA was sentenced to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $215,941 in restitution by United States District Court Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro for multiple fraud and tax offenses.
In February 2020, the defendant was found guilty after a jury trial on charges of preparing false tax returns, aggravated identity theft, wire fraud and engaging in a conspiracy to defraud the United States.
According to evidence presented at trial, Quisiah was the owner and operator of First Premier Tax Service (also d/b/a Kosh & Associates), a Philadelphia-based tax preparation business on Woodland Avenue. From 2010 through 2017, the defendant prepared tax returns for clients that fraudulently inflated itemized deductions, claimed fictitious Schedule C businesses, and claimed false dependents for tax years 2009 through 2016. This resulted in inflated tax refunds for his clients to which the clients were not entitled. Quisiah also bought and sold the personal identifying information of children in order to falsely claim the children as dependents on tax returns.
“Today’s sentence is an appropriate reminder to tax preparers that attempting to defraud the federal government will result in serious consequences,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “And here, the defendant’s actions will have ramifications for years to come because he stole the identities of children as part of his fraud. My Office will continue to work with our federal partners here and in Washington D.C. to prioritize the investigation and prosecution of tax crimes.”
“As today’s sentencing makes clear, corrupt tax preparers who falsify tax returns, and particularly those who exploit stolen minors’ identities to do so, will not go unpunished,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman.
“When return preparers put honest taxpayers and unsuspecting individuals at risk for a quick dollar, they can count on IRS-CI being on their tail,” said Don Fort, Chief, IRS Criminal Investigation. “Our special agents use their investigative and financial expertise to detect and hold accountable abusive tax return preparers like Quisiah, who falsely told taxpayers they were eligible for inflated tax refunds that they were not entitled to receive.”
The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Wzorek and Department of Justice Tax Division Attorney Ann M. Cherry.