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Goldsboro tax preparer gets prison time for fraud

Posted August 6, 2013

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— 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.

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  • wildpig777 Aug 7, 2013

    you don't mess with the irs.....

  • lwe1967 Aug 6, 2013

    So, so many crooks. They should know that they will get caught! They do no display a lot of common sense at times.

  • foodstamptrader Aug 6, 2013

    "THEY WILL NOT ignore it if you mess with what they consider to be THEIR money." - whatelseisnew

    Unless, you claim to be "poor" and fraudulently claim EITC so you can get thousands more back than you ever paid in. In that case, they encourage it...

  • bizarro Aug 6, 2013

    They actually prosecuted someone for this?
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    You can't be serious asking if the government prosecutes someone for tax fraud?!??! really?

  • lsdhome Aug 6, 2013

    Put 'er away.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 6, 2013

    Why do people MESS with the tax genie? Government will let you do all sorts of crimes and ignore it. THEY WILL NOT ignore it if you mess with what they consider to be THEIR money.

  • katzpauz Aug 6, 2013

    They actually prosecuted someone for this?

  • mikelynn2003 Aug 6, 2013

    If she defrauded the gov't of 2 million, then why only have to repay 1.1 million? ugh!!!!!!!!!!!!