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Sanford Tax Preparer Sentenced To 37 Months

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December 6, 2010

Greensboro, N.C. – An income tax preparer from Sanford, North Carolina was sentenced to federal prison last Thursday for preparing and filing false income tax returns, announced John W. Stone, Jr., Acting United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina.

BEVERLY DIANNE VAZQUEZ, age 54 of Sanford, North Carolina was sentenced on December 2, 2010 by United States District Judge William L. Osteen, Jr. to 37 months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $42,232 to the Internal Revenue Service. She was directed to report to begin serving her sentence on January 26, 2011.

VAZQUEZ was indicted on June 28, 2009, on 12 counts of preparing and filing false U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns with the Internal Revenue Service for the years 2004 through 2006 on behalf of clients of the tax preparation service where she was employed in Sanford, North Carolina. On July 8, 2010, VAZQUEZ pled guilty to all twelve counts in the indictment.

During the tax years 2004-2007, VAZQUEZ prepared and filed over 600 federal tax returns for clients. Most of the returns filed by VAZQUEZ claimed non-existent or grossly inflated education credits and charitable contributions, as well as inflated unreimbursed business expenses for uniforms, cell phones, mileage, meals and entertainment expenses.

The case was investigated by special agents of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division.

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