Man agrees to pay $783K for preparing false tax returns as owner of Prime Time Tax Services

Man could also face 20 years in prison

INDIANAPOLIS - The owner of a tax preparation company is promising to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars following a Call 6 investigation.

Tuesday, the owner of Prime Time Tax Services, Bernard Chatyoka, agreed to a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's office for preparing false tax returns.

The business was inflating tax refunds with credits people did not deserve.
Chatyoka will repay $783,000 as part of the deal.
The Call 6 Investigators were able to show through hidden cameras that people lined up to get big tax refunds from Prime Time Tax Services.
In many cases, people thought they were eligible for tax credits based on the advice of Prime Time Tax Services, but U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett said they weren't the only victims.

"You also have victims in all the rest of us who are taxpayers who are honest, forthright in filing our taxes as we are required to do, and paying the appropriate amount," Hogsett said. "We're being defrauded as tax payers."

Chatyoka could face 20 years in prison.
He will be sentenced within the next two months.
His wife, who is facing similar charges, has not made a deal with the government.

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