Income Tax Preparer Jailed for State Tax Fraud
A Charlotte woman was sentenced to an active prison sentence Monday
in Wake County District Court on felony tax charges filed by the North
Carolina Department of Revenue.
Krystal L. Steele, 32, of 5308 Kildare Drive, Charlotte, entered
guilty pleas to one count of conspiracy and one count of aiding and
assisting in the preparation of a fraudulent state income tax return.
The state’s evidence showed that Steele worked as the manager
of Webtax, a tax preparation business located at 551 Morgan Mill Road,
Monroe. She and two co-workers conspired to file fraudulent federal
and state income tax returns for clients by creating false wage and
tax statements, claiming false business losses, and inflating the
itemized deductions and dependents on the returns they prepared.
Wake County District Court Judge Paul Gessner sentenced Steele to
an eight-month minimum, 10-month maximum active prison term with the
North Carolina Department of Corrections.
In related cases, co-defendants Melissa M. Hough, 27, of 917 Walkers
Grove, Wingate and Tameka L. Williams, 25, of 5832 Reddman Road, Charlotte,
pleaded guilty to similar charges last month. Hough was sentenced
to a 10-month minimum, 12-month maximum active prison term. Williams
received a six-month minimum, eight-month maximum prison term. Her
sentence was suspended and she was placed on supervised probation
for 36 months. Williams was further ordered to pay a $150 fine and
to perform 24 hours of community service.
The charges against Steele, Hough and Williams resulted from an investigation
by the North Carolina Department of Revenue’s Criminal Investigations
Division into the filing of fraudulent income tax returns.
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