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STATESVILLE, N.C. – On Monday, October 27, 2014, U.S. District Judge Richard L. Voorhees sentenced Denise Swanson of Lenoir, N.C. to 24 months in prison for tax evasion, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Swanson was also ordered to serve three years under court supervision following her release from prison and to pay restitution in the amount of $839,830.99 to client victims and $249,912 to IRS.
U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined by Thomas J. Holloman III, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) in making today’s announcement.
According to court documents and yesterday’s sentencing hearing, Swanson was the owner and operator of “Bottom-line Accounting,” a tax preparation and bookkeeping business. Filed court documents show that from 2006 to 2012, Swanson performed tax preparation services for her clients, J.W. and K.W., and their business, C.B. (“the clients”), which included making related tax payments on their behalf. According to court records, Swanson received funds from her clients that were supposed to be used to pay their various tax obligations to IRS and other state agencies. But instead of making the payments, court records show, Swanson embezzled the money and used it to pay for personal expenses including her daughter’s college tuition, renovations to her house and gambling. In total, Swanson embezzled approximately $839,830 from her clients. According to court records, Swanson failed to report the embezzled income on her own individual tax returns for tax years 2006 through 2011. Swanson pleaded guilty to tax evasion for tax year 2010 in August 2013.
Following the sentencing hearing, Swanson was permitted to remain on bond and will be ordered to report to the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.
The investigation was handled by IRS-CI. Assistant United States Attorney Jenny G. Sugar of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte prosecuted the case.