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North Carolina tax advisor jailed for fraud conspiracy

GREENSBORO – A North Carolina tax return writer has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for conspiracy to defraud the IRS, prosecutors said.

Court documents and statements made in court showed that Durham’s Andrea Pasley conspired with two others to prepare fraudulent tax returns from 2012 to 2017, according to a press release from the North Carolina Central District Attorney.

The statements made by the conspirators alleged fake educational credits or loved ones, or manipulated clients’ incomes to qualify for higher income tax credits, the press release said. As part of the program, some customers have been billed up to $ 3,000 for return preparation.

Based on an analysis of the falsely claimed educational credits, the conspirators caused a tax loss of approximately $ 1.2 million, officials said.

Co-conspirators Karen Jones and Audrey Odom also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the IRS and were sentenced to 22 months and 15 months in prison earlier this year for their roles in the conspiracy.

In addition to jail time, a judge sentenced Pasley to a three-year supervised release and a refund of approximately $ 1,264,493 to the United States

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