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Brooklyn Park Tax Preparer Known As “Papa Eric” Charged With Tax Fraud

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging ERIC WILLOR, 69, with 15 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return. WILLOR will make his initial appearance in United States District Court at a later date.

According to the indictment, WILLOR, also known as “Papa Eric,” ran a tax preparation business called Willor’s Tax Preparation and Planning out of his home in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. WILLOR regularly prepared and filed tax returns using false and fraudulent itemized deductions in order to fraudulently obtain large tax refunds to which his clients were not entitled. Specifically, WILLOR regularly prepared and filed returns falsely claiming that his clients had significant tax-deductible charitable contributions, medical expenses, and educational expenses. In reality, WILLOR knew that these claimed deductions were fraudulent. Between 2012 and 2017, WILLOR prepared and filed approximately 100 fraudulent tax returns that fraudulently claimed a total of approximately $316,000 in tax refunds to which his clients were not entitled.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph H. Thompson.

Defendant Information:                                                                                                                     


Brooklyn Park, Minn.


  • Aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return, 15 counts


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The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Author: February 14, 2019

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