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Tax preparer pleads guilty to fraud charge

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ROCKY MOUNT — A 65-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to prepare and file false tax returns worth $2 million.

Priscilla Evans conspired with others to file false tax returns for the 2013-16 tax years for clients of Community Tax Services located in Rocky Mount, according to court documents.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Jones accepted the guilty plea last week.

Evans and her co-conspirators filed tax returns that claimed false education credits, among other illegitimate items, in order to fraudulently generate clients’ tax refunds, said Robert J. Higdon Jr., U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

The three-year scam resulted in a loss of more than $2 million in tax dollars, according to the IRS.

Evans faces up to five years imprisonment when she is sentenced during the court’s December 2020 term.

The IRS Criminal Investigations assisted in the probe with Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Ontjes prosecuting the case.