FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - August 18, 2010
TAX PREPARER SENTENCED FOR FILING FALSE RETURNS
GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on August 13, 2010, Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced ANGELA FAY WILLIAMS, 45, of Kenansville, North Carolina, to 37 months’ imprisonment followed by three years’ supervised released. The Court also ordered restitution in the amount of $32,377.30.
A Criminal Information was filed on February 23, 2010. On April 1, 2010, WILLIAMS pled guilty to aiding and abetting false, fraudulent and fictitious claims, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 287.
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, “I would like to take this opportunity to warn tax prepares and those that knowingly allow their tax preparers to prepare a false return for them. The filing of false tax returns is taken very seriously and we will prosecute accordingly.”
“The Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division intends to aggressively pursue dishonest tax preparers,” said Special Agent in Charge, Jeannine A. Hammett, “Tax preparers, such as Angela Williams, who seek to assist others in evading their tax obligations are once again warned that they face prosecution, conviction, imprisonment, large fines, and being branded a felon for the rest of their lives should they chose to engage in such activity.”
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.
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