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Columbus tax preparer pleads not guilty to 25 counts of tax fraud

Gregory Carter (Source: Muscogee County Jail) Gregory Carter (Source: Muscogee County Jail)

By Web Staff –  email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)  -  The government is continuing its crackdown in fraudulent tax preparations.

The Justice Department says it has sued six preparers in five states to stop them from claiming tax credits for first-time home buyers and earned-income.

The lawsuits to stop these practices were filed in federal courts in Texas, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Florida and New Jersey.

The justice  department also announced it has indicted a Columbus tax preparer. Gregory Carter of Columbus, GA, was indicted on 25 counts of assisting in the preparation of fraudulent tax returns that included, among other things, false claims for first-time-homebuyer credits.

[Web Extra! Gregory Carter Indictment]

Carter recently pleaded not guilty to all counts in federal court earlier this month.

His next federal court appearance is slated for September.

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News Leader 9 first told you about Carter in March of 2009.

At that time, IRS agents raided Carter's business, Tax One located on Buena Vista Road, along with Joche and Associates on Auburn Avenue.

[Better Business Bureau: Tax One Rating]

The Department of Justice had the following to say about the recent tax fraud cases:

"We are working hard to ensure that those who try to cheat our country by filing phony claims for tax credits do not get away with it," said John A. DiCicco, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Tax Division. "Honest taxpayers will be pleased to see the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department continuing to investigate, prevent, and prosecute these types of schemes during the 2011 tax filing season. False claim cases are certainly a nationwide priority for the Tax Division. This kind of tax fraud is an insult to hard-working Americans who legitimately qualify for these tax credits."

For additional cases of tax fraud check out the following link:

Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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