The Richmond Register

July 19, 2013

Tax preparer draws three-year sentence

J.R. Kennedy's Second Street office was raided April 15, 2009

Register Staff Report

LEXINGTON — A Richmond tax preparer, J.R. Kennedy, who pleaded guilty to preparing false

income tax returns, has been sentenced to 36 months in federal prison.

The sentencing was announced jointly Friday by Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Christopher A. Henry, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation Division, Nashville Field Office.

U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell sentenced Kennedy, 58, for aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns.

Kennedy previously had admitted he promoted tax deductions, to his clients, that were not authorized by law.

Kennedy submitted false tax returns using these deductions, which resulted in the U.S. government losing approximately $345,000. His clients were unaware the deductions Kennedy used were not authorized under the tax code, according to the announcement.

Kennedy pleaded guilty to the charges in August. He operated J.R. Kennedy and Associates on North Second Street in Richmond from 2006 through April 15, 2009, when his office was raided by the IRS Criminal Investigation Division.

Caldwell ordered Kennedy to report on Sept. 30 to the Bureau of Prisons, to begin serving his sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert K. McBride prosecuted the case.