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THURSDAY - April 1, 2010

TAX PREPARER PLEADS GUILTY TO FILING FALSE RETURNS

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today ANGELA FAY WILLIAMS, 45, of Kenansville, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge David W. Daniel to aiding and abetting false, fraudulent and fictitious claims, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 287.

A Criminal Information was filed on February 23, 2010.

According to the investigation, in 2005 and 2006, WILLIAMS conspired with others in the preparation and filing of 46 false federal income tax returns. Each claim used an address connected to WILLIAMS. Preparation of the false returns usually included false W-2s and false dependents.

The investigation further revealed that 39 of the tax-payers named on the returns did not know that a return had been filed in their name. Most of the individuals for whom returns were prepared and filed were in prison and had no taxable income or not enough taxable income to require the filing of a return. These individuals did not know returns had been filed on their behalf and did not provide their personal information in order for the returns to be filed.

In other cases it was found that individuals dealt directly with WILLIAMS and knew she was preparing a false return for them; selling the individuals “dependent” information for a larger tax return.

The total amount of false claims submitted was $131,363.94.

Mr. Holding commented, “Each year at tax time individuals are found who try to cheat the government. Each year at tax time my office along with the Internal Revenue Service tries to remind the public through these press releases involving wrongdoers that to knowingly file a fraudulent tax return is against the law. Those doing so will eventually be caught and prosecuted.”

IRS-Criminal Investigation will continue to investigate and recommend prosecution against return preparers who knowingly prepare false tax returns," said Special Agent in Charge Jeannine A. Hammett. "It just isn't worth taking the chance. Know what is on your return because the taxpayer is ultimately responsible."

At sentencing, scheduled for the July, 2010, term of Court, WILLIAMS faces a maximum penalty of up to five years imprisonment followed by up to three years supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations Division. This case is being handled by the Office’s Economic Crimes Section, with Assistant United States Attorney Felice McConnell Corpening assigned as prosecutor.

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.

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