ALABAMA WOMAN GETS 20 MONTHS She filed false tax returns and took advantage of her clients

An Alabama tax preparer was sentenced to 20 months in prison for preparing false federal tax returns.

Christina Prather Williams, 42, of Valley, Alabama, operated a tax preparation service. Some of Williams’s clients complained to the police that they never received their tax refunds. A local police investigation revealed that Williams had forged documents and cashed client refund checks.

The Valley Police Department reported its findings to the IRS. During its own investigation, the IRS determined that Williams had indeed prepared and filed false tax returns that included deductions her clients were not entitled to claim.

Williams pleaded guilty and admitted to filing for two individual 2018 returns containing numerous false claims.

In addition to the prison sentence, Williams was ordered to serve a year of probation and pay the IRS $76,694 in restitution.