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N.C. Preparer Draws 50-Month Sentence

A Rocky Mount, N.C., tax return preparer has been sentenced to 50 months in prison. Adrienne Williams must also pay $4.8 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.


Williams was sentenced on a charge of conspiring to defraud the United States  and found to have sought to defraud the IRS of more than $3.5 million, along with her co-conspirators.

Between 2009 and 2017, Williams operated a tax preparation business, Ultimate Tax Service,  which had an office in Rocky Mount. She and at least two of her employees prepared false returns to boost refunds using bogus withholdings, among other false claims.

Bob Scott
Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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