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