Dec 5, 2015 12:56 PM

Former Manchester tax preparer indicted on charges he funneled fraudulent refunds to his own accounts

CONCORD - A former Manchester businessman has been indicted on charges he filed false tax returns for clients, then collected fraudulent refunds from the Internal Revenue Service.

Okello Odongo, 36, now of Snellville, Georgia, faces charges in the U.S. District Court of New Hampshire, in connection with a business he ran in Manchester called Tax Smart Solutions Co. As a tax preparer, he was authorized to file electronically for his customers and to instruct the IRS to deposit refunds into specified bank accounts.

The indictment alleges that in 2011 and 2012, Odongo filed false tax returns that overstated the amounts of the tax refunds his customers were entitled to claim.

The indictment also alleges that Odongo directed the IRS to electronically deposit the fraudulent portions of the refunds to bank accounts he had access to. None of his customers were aware of the alleged scam.

Odongo has pleaded not guilty and a trial is scheduled for Jan. 5. If convicted, Odongo faces a maximum of five years in prison on each of the 19 counts of the indictment.

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