Former Raleigh Tax Preparer Jailed for Fraudulent Returns
RALEIGH – A former tax preparer pleaded guilty Friday in Wake
County District Court to felony tax charges filed by the North Carolina
Department of Revenue.
Percy S. Coker, 34, entered guilty pleas to two counts of aiding
or assisting in the preparation of fraudulent North Carolina individual
income tax returns.
Wake County District Court Judge Craig Croom sentenced Coker to two
consecutive six-month minimum, eight-month maximum prison terms. The
sentence was suspended and Coker was placed on 36 months of supervised
probation. He was also ordered to serve a 25-day active sentence as
a special condition of his probation. Coker must also perform 100
hours of community service, pay a $1,000 fine. And he must not aid
or assist in the preparation of any future income tax returns.
The state’s evidence showed that Coker prepared tax returns
for clients that included fraudulent business expenses, which reduced
his clients’ taxable income and caused the Department of Revenue
to issue tax larger tax refunds to the individuals than they were
legally entitled to receive. Many of Coker’s clients did not
realize the expenses had been claimed on their returns. Coker previously
worked for the Income Tax Shop of Raleigh however he is no longer
associated with the company.
The charges against Coker resulted from an investigation by a special
agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division
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