Wilson Tax Preparer Sentenced to Active Jail Term
RALEIGH – A Wilson tax return preparer was sentenced to an
active prison term after he was convicted recently of filing fraudulent
North Carolina income tax returns by a Wake County jury.
William Mack Best, also known as ‘Bosco’, 55, of 410
Hill St. was found guilty on Thursday Jan. 15, 2004 of 11 counts of
willfully aiding and assisting in the preparation of fraudulent North
Carolina individual income tax returns. After hearing more than three
days of testimony, the jury took less than two hours to convict Best
on 11 of the 12 charges against him.
The state's evidence showed that Best substantially inflated itemized
deductions on the returns he prepared for his clients. The clients
testified that they did not ask that the deductions be claimed and
that they never provided Best the amounts he listed on their returns.
Best testified that he has been preparing the tax returns of elderly
Wilson residents for years and considered it a ‘labor of love’
to assist them. He said that he prepared the returns to show them
what their returns would look like with the deductions he listed.
He stated that he told them not to file the returns if they did not
have the deductions. Best said he does not consider himself a tax
return preparer and that while he did not charge his clients a return
preparation fee, they were free to pay him if they chose.
The Department of Revenue is still investigating how many fraudulent
tax returns Best prepared and is working to identify other individuals
who had their returns prepared by him to verify the accuracy of those
Wake County Superior Court Judge James C. Spencer, Jr. sentenced
Best to two, consecutive nine-month minimum, 11-month maximum prison
terms with the North Carolina Department of Corrections. Best was
taken into custody by the Wake County Sheriff's Department to begin
serving his sentence.
The charges against Best resulted from an investigation by the Department
of Revenue's Criminal Investigations Division.
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