Rocky Mount tax preparer gets prison for skimming from falsified returns

From staff reportsFebruary 4, 2014 

— The owner of a Rocky Mount tax preparation business will serve up to eight years in prison for helping hundreds or thousands of customers claim overinflated tax returns.

Larry D. Hill Jr. collected $1,000 or more for each unlawful tax return that his business, Hill’s Tax Service, helped file, according to federal investigators. A “significant number” of the returns included false information about dependents and income, among other topics, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

Hill, 41, pleaded guilty last August to conspiring to submit false tax claims to the Internal Revenue Service and to filing a false 2010 federal income tax return. His business, with offices in Rocky Mount, Farmville, Scotland Neck, Hollister and Wilson, filed more than 2,000 tax claims, many of them falsified, between 2010 and 2012, according to federal investigators.

Hill was sentenced on Tuesday to 100 months in prison and three years of probation. A co-defendant, Crystal Dickens, has pleaded guilty to making a false, fictitious and fraudulent claim for a federal income tax refund; she is scheduled for sentencing on April 1, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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