HAYWARD -- A Hayward tax preparer was indicted in federal court Friday in connection with a scheme, prosecutors said.
Runnveer Singh, of Hayward, appeared in federal court in Oakland after being charged with 24 counts of aiding and assisting in filing false tax returns, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said.
According to the indictment, from April 2010 through April 2012, Singh prepared and presented tax return 1040 forms with false items including charity gifts and office expenses to the IRS on behalf of numerous taxpayers.
Singh was indicted March 25 and arrested on Friday morning before making his initial appearance before United States Magistrate Court Judge Kandis A. Westmore.
After his court appearance Singh was released on $100,000 bail. He is due back in court May 9 for another hearing on the matter.
The maximum penalty for each count assisting in filing tax returns in violation is three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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