North Carolina Return Preparer Sentenced to Prison for Tax Fraud Scheme

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A Kinston, North Carolina, woman was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for conspiring to file false tax returns for her clients.

According to court records, from at least January 2016 through March 2016, Hildares Kinkesha Parker-Greene managed a tax return preparation business in Kinston. Parker-Greene conspired with another return preparer to fraudulently inflate clients’ tax refunds by claiming false wages, federal income tax withholdings, and dependents. This fraudulent conduct caused clients to receive refunds to which they were not entitled. To profit from the false returns, Parker-Greene printed client tax refund checks, directed clients to cash the refund checks, and pay her additional cash fees. Additionally, between 2017 and 2018, Parker-Greene operated a tax preparation business out of her home and continued to prepare false returns for clients. In total, the false returns prepared by Parker-Greene and her co-conspirator sought to defraud the IRS of more than $550,000.

In addition to the term of imprisonment, U.S. District Court Judge James C. Dever III ordered Parker-Greene to serve three years of supervised release and pay $442,576 in restitution to the IRS.  

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney G. Norman Acker III for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement.

The IRS-Criminal Investigation investigated the case. 

Trial Attorneys Michael Jones and William Guappone of the Tax Division prosecuted the case.

Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found on the division’s website.