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Press Release

Columbus Tax Return Preparer Guilty of False Claims

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Mississippi

Felicia C. Adams, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, and Gabriel “Gabe” Grchan, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, New Orleans Field Office, announce that:

Cynthia H. Carter, 27, of Columbus, Mississippi, pled guilty on October 24 to filing a false claim with the federal government. Carter will be sentenced in approximately 90 days.  Carter faces up to five years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine and up to three years supervised release.

The investigation by Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations revealed that Carter submitted tax returns to the IRS fraudulently claiming the First Time Home Buyers Credit.  The false returns resulted in claimed refunds of approximately $3,838,312.

Return Preparer fraud is a priority for IRS Criminal Investigation, and we have committed many resources to investigating and prosecuting cases just like this one,” said Gabriel Grchan, Special Agent in Charge, IRS-CI, New Orleans Field Office.  “It is my hope that the guilty plea entered today by Cynthia Carter further assures the taxpaying citizens of our country that IRS – CI is serious about protecting the United States Treasury.”

This case was investigated by Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation and was prosecuted by the Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi.

Updated February 3, 2015