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Abbeville Woman Gets Prison Time For Preparing False Tax Returns



Updated: April 11, 2013

An Upstate tax preparer was given prison time for creating false tax returns.

Sandra Burton, 49, was sentenced in federal court in Spartanburg Thursday on 10 counts of preparing materially false federal income tax returns.

Burton pleaded guilty in December.

She is required to serve 21 months in a federal prison and to pay restitution of $355,529 to the Internal Revenue Service.  In addition, she was ordered to pay a special assessment of $1,000 and to serve one year of supervised release after being released from prison.

Posted: December 13, 2013

Sandra Burton of Abbeville pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to ten counts of preparing materially false income tax returns. She will be sentenced once the judge reviews the pretense report.

Had the case gone to trial, the Government was prepared to show that during the years 2006 through 2008, Burton ran a tax preparation service in Abbeville. The IRS took notice, after an unusually large number of her clients claimed educational credits and IRA contributions.

IRS agents went undercover to Burton's business, and asked her to prepare a return, based solely on a W-2. According to the agents, Burton gave them an IRA deduction and education credit, they were not entitled to.

Burton's tax service was then searched by IRS agents. Investigators say Burton admitted to giving taxpayers deductions they were not entitled to. The IRS claims Burton's activity cost the government in excess of $200,000.

The maximum penalty Burton can get for each count is 3 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and special assessment fee of $100.


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