Rocky Mount Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges

Date: November 1, 2013

RALEIGH –A Rocky Mount tax preparer pleaded guilty Tuesday in Wake County Superior Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Eugene Harrison, Sr., 47, of 114 Tonya Ct., Nashville, pleaded guilty on October 29, 2013 to 19 counts of Aid or Assist in the Preparation of Fraudulent Tax Returns.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens sentenced Harrison to a 13-month minimum, 25-month maximum prison term.  The sentence was suspended and Harrison was placed on supervised probation for 36 months.   Harrison was ordered to be placed under electronic house arrest for the first four months of probation, perform 100 hours of community service and pay $45,276.79 in restitution.  He was also ordered to not prepare tax returns for anyone other than himself.

Information presented in court showed that Harrison, owner of H & J Tax Solvers located in Rocky Mount, prepared clients’ tax returns for tax years 2010 and 2011 that contained questionable itemized and business deductions.  Harrison prepared and filed the returns for 10 of his clients without the necessary supporting documentation.  The clients’ returns reported the same home-based business, YTB Travel, also known as Zam Zuu.

The charges against Harrison resulted from an investigation by a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Section in Raleigh.

 


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