Tax Preparer Jailed in Tax Scheme
RALEIGH – A Wingate woman was sentenced to an active prison
sentence Tuesday in Wake County District Court on felony tax charges
filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.
Melissa Marsh Hough, 27, of 917 Walkers Grove, Wingate, entered guilty
pleas to one count of conspiracy and 15 counts of aiding and assisting
in the preparation of fraudulent income tax returns. Hough is a former
employee of Webtax Inc., a tax return preparation business located
The state’s evidence showed that Hough admitted she conspired
to create false wage and tax statements for clients of Webtax and
used those statements to prepare false federal and state income tax
returns. Hough estimated that she had received as much as $80,000
by filing the false returns and splitting the refund proceeds with
Wake County District Court Judge Jennifer Green sentenced Hough to
a 10-month minimum, 12-month maximum prison term. Hough was on probation
for embezzlement when she committed these crimes.
The charges against Hough resulted from an investigation by a special
agent with the Department of Revenue’s Criminal Investigations
Division. The owners of Webtax, Inc. were not involved in this scheme
and fully cooperated with the Department’s investigation.
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