Crime

Return preparer pleads guilty to $550,000 tax fraud scheme

The North Carolina defendant fraudulently inflated clients’ tax refunds on two separate schemes

Hildares Kinkesha Parker-Greene, a North Carolina tax return preparer, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the US for a total of $550,000.

Parker-Greene managed a tax return preparation business in Kinston between January 2016 and March 2016.

During this time, she fraudulently inflated clients’ tax refunds by claiming false wages, federal income tax withholdings, and dependents, in conspiracy with a second preparer.

Following the initial scheme, Parker-Greene established a tax preparation business from her home in 2017, continuing to file false returns for clients into 2018.

Taking into consideration both schemes, the defendant and her co-conspirator “sought to defraud the IRS of more than $550,000”.

Scheduled to be sentenced by James Dever III, a US District Court judge, Parker-Greene faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in jail.

Moreover, a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties could also be handed out at sentencing.

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