Goldsboro tax preparer gets prison time for fraud
Posted August 6, 2013
New Bern, N.C. — A Goldsboro tax preparer was sentenced Tuesday to almost five years in federal prison for manufacturing W-2 forms used to file phony tax returns, authorities said.
Tracie Jones Mathis, 47, pleaded guilty in January to conspiring to defraud the U.S. and was sentenced to 57 months in prison and was ordered to pay close to $1.1 million in restitution.
“The defendant pleaded guilty to defrauding the government of nearly $2 million in phony tax returns, thereby enriching herself at the expense of the American tax payer,” Brock Nicholson, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Atlanta, said in a statement.