A tax preparer who specializes in helping immigrants has pleaded guilty to willfully preparing false tax returns for clients.

Sharif Mahfouz, 49, the owner of Expat Focus Consulting in Brick, N.J., pleaded guilty Thursday to a one-count information charging him with aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns. Mahfouz entered his plea in federal court before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano. 

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