Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to State Tax Charges
RALEIGH -- A Halifax County man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Wake
County District Court to felony charges filed by the North Carolina
Department of Revenue.
Wilbert Lee Roberson, 55, of 305 Bond St., Enfield, pleaded guilty
to 12 felony counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of
fraudulent North Carolina individual income tax returns.
District Court Judge Robert B. Rader sentenced Roberson to a 24-month
minimum, 30-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended
and Roberson was placed on supervised probation for 36 months. In
addition, he was ordered to serve a 12-day active sentence as a special
condition of his probation. Roberson was further ordered to pay a
$4,000 criminal fine and to perform 150 hours of community service.
He must also file his personal federal and State individual income
tax returns for tax years 1996 through 2001 during the first 60 days
of his probation. Roberson was barred from preparing or filing tax
returns for anyone else while on probation.
The State's evidence showed that Roberson prepared fraudulent income
tax returns for his clients for the tax years 1996 through 2001 from
his business, Roberson Income Tax Service, located at 105 N. McDaniel
St., Enfield. Roberson consistently overstated itemized deductions
as listed on his client's federal returns, which reduced their taxable
income and allowed them to receive larger income tax refunds than
they were legally entitled. Monetary harm to the State could exceed
$1 million dollars in addition to the cost of auditing and adjusting
all the returns prepared by Roberson since 1996, which could total
more than 1,300.
The charges against Roberson resulted from an investigation by a
special agent with the Department of Revenue's Criminal Investigations
Division in Raleigh.
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