Watauga County Tax Preparer Jailed for State Tax Charges
RALEIGH -- A Watauga County tax preparer was sentenced to an active
prison term Monday in Wake County Superior Court on felony tax charges
filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.
Barry Halpert, 61, of 138 Valley View Road, Banner Elk, pleaded guilty
on Sept. 3, 2004 to 17 counts of aiding or assisting in the preparation
of fraudulent North Carolina individual income tax returns. His judgment
on the charges was postponed until today.
Wake County Superior Court Judge Abraham P. Jones sentenced Halpert
to two consecutive 20-month minimum, 24-month maximum prison terms.
Halpert was remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections.
The state’s evidence showed that Halpert, doing business as
The Tax Specialists, willfully aided or assisted in the preparation
of 17 fraudulent federal and state income tax returns. Halpert overstated
the itemized deductions listed on his clients’ income tax returns
to reduce both their federal and state taxable incomes. The deductions
were inflated without the knowledge or consent of his clients.
The charges against Halpert resulted from an investigation by tax
auditors in the Department of Revenue’s Examinations Division
and a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations
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