Waynesboro man sentenced for preparing false tax returns

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Monday, Dec. 23, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Carlos Newton, 44, of Waynesboro was sentenced last week to 2 years in prison for his role in the preparation of multiple fraudulent federal tax returns.

According to the evidence presented during his guilty plea and sentencing hearings, Newton worked as a tax preparer from 2009 through 2011.

During this time, Newton placed fictitious businesses, fictitious income, and fictitious expenses on federal income tax forms, according to a release. For his services, Newton requested additional fees from his clients. He referred to those fees as “love offerings.”

Newton prepared 22 fraudulent federal tax returns between January 2009 and January 2011, according to a release. The federal government paid out almost $90,000 in refunds based upon these bogus returns.

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