North Carolina woman convicted of preparing fake tax returns

August 9, 2018

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Federal authorities say a North Carolina woman has been convicted of preparing 519 false tax returns resulting in more than $1 million in refunds.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release Claudia Lynette Shivers pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to conspiring to defraud the U.S. by filing false tax returns.

Prosecutors said Shivers and two others ran a tax return business, while two others worked as preparers.

Court documents say Shivers and others falsified information for their clients about dependents, business income and expenses and other items. Prosecutors said Shivers and the others also told clients to hand-write false information on tax forms and other documents to create a false record of information provided for return preparation.

Shivers is scheduled to be sentenced in December.

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