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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Final Defendant in Tax Scheme Sentenced in Federal Court

Jackie Woodson Jr., Stella Hester-Jenkins, Terry Rose Each Previously Admitted to Fraud Charges

Lynchburg, VIRGINIA – A Lynchburg-based tax preparer, who along with two of his employees were preparing false tax returns in order to claim fictitious Earned Income Tax Credits, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg, Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced.

 

Jackie G. Woodson Jr., of Lynchburg, previously pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit false claims. Today in District Court, Woodson was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison. Terry R. Rose was previously sentenced to 18 month in federal prison for her role in the conspiracy and Stella Hester-Jenkins was sentenced to 3 years’ probation.

 

According to evidence presented to the court during previous hearings by Assistant United States Attorneys C. Patrick Hogeboom III and Charlene R. Day, Woodson owned a Colbert/Ball Tax Service franchise in Lynchburg, Va., Rose and Hester-Jenkins were employed by Woodson as tax preparers.

 

Following an investigating by the Internal Revenue Service, it was determined that Woodson, Rose and Hester-Jenkins, were preparing and filing tax returns, which reported fictitious Schedule C income, which resulted in increased Earned Income Tax Credits and refunds. The conspirators often took these actions by claiming Schedule C income through babysitting or childcare income where none actually existed or by greatly exaggerating the amount of income being earned through these activities.

 

The Internal Revenue Service conducted the investigation of the case. Assistant United States Attorney C. Patrick Hogeboom III and Charlene R. Day prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated March 15, 2017