Trucking tax man taken to task, convicted of fraud

| Wednesday, May 04, 2005

An Ohio tax consultant who claimed to be an expert on preparing taxes for truckers was convicted of fraud by a federal jury in Cincinnati.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Walter Daulton was convicted on charges of aiding and assisting in the preparation of fraudulent income tax returns. Daulton’s trial lasted just six days.

Daulton, who solicited business by conducting seminars at Cincinnati-area truck stops, encouraged his clients to claim expenses for routine activities like putting a tarp over truck trailers.

Prosecutors in the case said Daulton defrauded the government on 18 tax returns involving 21 individuals for a total of $100,000. Daulton committed the fraud between 1997 and 1998 and now faces up to three years in prison on each count.

Daulton’s tax business was based in Fairfield, OH, and he had a Web site, trucktaxpro.com, which is now defunct. Daulton’s attorney, Martin Pinales, told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the case would be appealed.

Eileen O’Connor, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s tax division, said in a news release that truckers should carefully review their tax returns before signing them, especially if someone else prepared them.

“If someone helps you prepare your tax return, you must make sure the information is truthful before you sign it,” she said. “Filing a fraudulent tax return may lead to costly consequences.”

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