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The following describes a pending government action that has been formally brought by a government agency but has not yet been resolved. We are providing a summary of the government's allegations, which have not yet been proven.
On March 28, 2012, the Department of Justice filed civil injunction lawsuits in five cities seeking to shut down both the company that operates Instant Tax Service (ITS) as well as five owners of ITS franchises. According to government complaints filed in the cases, the franchising company ITS Financial LLC, headquartered in Dayton, operates what it claims is the nation's fourth-largest tax-preparation business. In the complaints, the Justice Department accuses ITS Financial and its owner, Fesum Ogbazion, of deliberately ignoring systemic and pervasive fraud by ITS franchisees.
The injunction lawsuits name the following individuals and companies as defendants:
1) Dayton: Fesum Ogbazion, TCA Financial LLC, ITS Financial LLC and Tax Tree LLC
2) Chicago: Emanuel Ghebremichael and ERG Financial Corporation (dba Instant Tax Service)
3) Indianapolis: David Ray Franklin Jr., Rachel Wiggins, William Brown and Instant Tax Refund Service (dba Instant Tax Service)
4) Las Vegas: Benyam Tewolde, Yordanos Kidane and Koraggio LLC (dba Instant Tax Service)
5) Kansas City, Kan.: Semere Tsehaye, Ahferom Goitom, A&S Tax Services LLC and ERI Enterprises LLC (dba Instant Tax Service)
Over the past few years, the Justice Department has successfully criminally prosecuted four individual tax return preparers affiliated with ITS franchises in Ohio and Missouri.
According to information in BBB files, this company is no longer in business. If you have an unresolved dispute with this company you may wish to seek legal advice.