Sharon Williams-Combs Sentenced for Tax Preparation Fraud
United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Sharon Williams-Combs, 47, of Omaha, Nebraska was sentenced Friday, September 7, 2018, in Omaha, Nebraska, by United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr., for preparing and filing false tax returns. In April Ms. Williams-Combs was found guilty of fourteen counts of preparing false tax returns following a jury trial. Ms. Williams-Combs ultimately was convicted of five counts of preparing false tax returns. Ms. Williams-Combs was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $12,188.00.
Ms. Williams-Combs worked for Jackson Hewitt, inside a Walmart, for several years as a tax preparer. During her time with Jackson Hewitt, she assisted clients in preparing and filing false tax returns, claiming that clients had personal business income, from a business such hairdressing or babysitting, when in fact the client did not have such a business, or did not have the income in the amounts included on the fraudulent tax returns.
“Tax return preparers have a duty to their clients to prepare tax returns that comply with the law and are accurate,” said Karl Stiften, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation. “We want to make sure taxpayers don't pay good money for bad advice.”