Service franchiser and franchisees were accused of fraud by the U.S. Justice Department.

The department today said it filed federal lawsuits against ITS operators in Indianapolis, Chicago, Las Vegas and Kansas City, Kansas, claiming they intentionally prepare and file fraudulent tax returns with the aim of maximizing both customer refunds and their own preparation fees.

“The government claims these fees are outrageously high — for example up to $1,000 for preparing tax returns in as little as 15 minutes — and are often not disclosed to customers” in advance, the Justice Department said a press statement announcing the filings.

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