BRIDGEPORT — A Berlin man agreed to pay $250,000 in restitution to the IRS Thusday after pleading guilty in federal fourt to aiding in the preparation of false tax returns.
The man, Gerlin Sterling, 31, owned and operated Sterling Tax Plus, LLC, a tax preparation business, according to a statement from U.S. attorney John H. Durham.
Durham said Sterling prepared returns for numerous clinets between 2014 and 2017 that included false mileage expenses, charitable donations, and other claims.
As a result of his conduct, many of his clients will need to file ammended claims, Durham also said, adding the total amount of restitution could be reduced as clinets resolve their own liabilities with the IRS.
Sterling, free on $100,000 bond, is due back in federal court Aug. 5 for sentencing.