Father and Son Plead Guilty to State Tax Violations
RALEIGH – Two Columbus County men pleaded guilty Thursday in Wake County Superior Court
to multiple felony charges of aiding and assisting in the preparation of fraudulent tax returns.
George Frank Jeffries, 56, and George Andre Jeffries, 26, of 840 Pinewood Drive, Whiteville,
entered guilty pleas to a total of 21 felony counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation
of fraudulent state tax returns for the tax years 2001 and 2002.
Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens sentenced George Frank Jeffries to a 39-month minimum,
48-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and he was placed on supervised probation
for 60 months on the condition that he pay a criminal fine of $3,000 and perform 150 hours
of community service.
George Andre Jeffries was sentenced to a 57-month minimum, 69-month maximum prison term.
The sentence was suspended on the condition that he serve a 30-day active sentence and be
placed on supervised probation for 60 months following his incarceration. He was also ordered
to pay a $3,000 criminal fine and perform 150 hours of community service.
Both men were ordered not to aid or assist in the preparation, presentation or filing of
any federal or state tax returns for anyone else while on probation. They were also ordered
to timely file all personal tax returns and remit all taxes, both personal and business, while
Evidence presented by the state showed that George Frank Jeffries owned and operated Jeffries
Tax Service in Whiteville. He was also employed as a road crew leader with the North Carolina
Department of Transportation. Jeffries and his son, Andre, prepared fraudulent 2001 and 2002
income tax returns for their clients without the client's knowledge or consent. These returns
were intended to deceive the state into issuing larger refunds to the clients than they were
legally entitled to receive.
The charges against the Jeffries resulted from an investigation by a special agent with the
Department of Revenue's Criminal Investigation Division.
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