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Press Release

Wendell Woman Sentenced For Tax Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

Raleigh – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today, United States District Judge Louise Flanagan sentenced KIMBERLY NICOLE TORRES, 40, of Wendell, North Carolina to 52 months imprisonment; 3 years supervised release, and $104,624 restitution.  On April 16, 2015, TORRES pled guilty to False, Fictitious and Fraudulent Claim for Refund.  Evidence presented at TORRES’ plea and sentencing showed that TORRES used the identities of others, often without their knowledge, to prepare and file fraudulent tax returns.

U.S. Attorney Walker stated, “Our tax system relies on the honesty of tax payers with a heightened duty of honesty expected from professional tax preparers.  Whenever someone like TORRES deliberately files false returns, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in support of the IRS will pursue the matter through the Courts as provided by our laws.”

The criminal investigation of this case was conducted by Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and United States Secret Service.  Assistant United States Attorney David Bragdon handling the case on behalf of the government.

Updated November 4, 2015