Rocky Mount Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges

Date: October 1, 2013

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

Gloria Ann Johnson, 41, of 1120 Michael Scott Drive, Rocky Mount, pleaded guilty on September 30, 2013 to 20 counts of Aid or Assist in the Preparation of Fraudulent Tax Returns, and two counts of Attempt to Evade or Defeat Tax.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens sentenced Johnson to a 19-month minimum, 23-month maximum prison term.  The sentence was suspended and Johnson was placed on supervised probation for 60 months.  She was ordered to be placed under electronic home monitoring for the first six months of probation and pay an $11,000.00 fine.  Johnson is not to prepare any tax returns for anyone other than herself and close her tax service within 30 days. 

Information presented in court showed that Johnson, owner of Johnson's Tax Service located at 992 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, prepared tax returns for clients between 2008 and 2010.  Some of the returns contained false personal exemptions, false child tax credits, false education credits, or false earned income tax credits, and some contained fraudulent Schedule C's prepared for individuals who never owned a business. 

Additional information showed that Johnson underreported her 2009 and 2010 individual income by understating preparer fees that she received from clients by $200,029.60.   

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


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