A former A Plus Tax Service and NN Financial tax preparer was sentenced Thursday to 40 months in prison for preparing fraudulent tax returns that resulted in nearly $1.6 million loss to the United States.
Forty-four-year-old Kevin Towns of Suffolk, Virginia pleaded guilty to preparing fraudulent tax returns and conspiracy on June 7. Towns conspired with Brenda Benn and Stephanie Towns to create fraudulent tax returns that would generate inflated refunds for clients to generate repeat business and cultivate good will, according to court documents.
The defendants utilized claims of false education-related expenses, excessive charitable contributions and manipulated income amounts to utilize specific tax credits. The client did not instruct or persuade the defendants to generate the fraudulent tax returns, according to court records.