A federal court in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has permanently enjoined a Rockford-area tax return preparer from preparing returns for others and from owning, operating or franchising any tax return preparation business in the future.

According to the court’s order, Gretchen Alvarez, aka Gretchen Trejo, consented to entry of the injunction, which permits the United States to conduct post-judgment discovery to monitor compliance. The terms of the order require that Alvarez, both individually and doing business as Sick Credit Repair, Tax and Legal Services, send notice of the injunction to multiple individuals, and, during the tax filing season, advertise the injunction in places where she conducts business. The civil complaint filed against Alvarez alleged that she prepared federal income tax returns for Rockford-area taxpayers that significantly understated her customers’ tax liabilities by fabricating business…

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