A Newport News, Virginia tax preparer has pleaded guilty to aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false return.

Angela C Harper owned At Ease Tax Services, which she operated from her home and local hotel rooms. For the years 2014 and 2018, she falsified returns by claiming fraudulent credits and deductions on behalf of her clients to inflate clients’ refunds. Harper did not sign these returns as the paid preparer; she also did not provide copies of the returns to clients even when they requested them.

Harper faces a maximum of three years in prison, as well as a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.  She will be sentenced January 4th.

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