A Franklin tax preparer faces a three-year prison term and a fine after pleading guilty to one count of preparing a false return.
Johnnie Nevils, 55, entered her plea Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger. The office of U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin had filed charges in late April after Internal Revenue Service agents investigated work she did in 2007 and 2008. In that time, Nevils admitted to filing false returns that included fake deductions, medical and job expenses and education credits. The returns also featured false Schedule C business losses and inflated wages, which resulted in larger refunds.
In addition to going to prison, Nevils faces a fine of $40,000. She is scheduled to be sentenced in late September.
The federal government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Webb and Michael Boteler and Rebecca Perlmutter from the Department of Justice's tax division.
Martin's office on Wednesday also said that Kingston Springs tax preparer Susan Sperl was sentenced Tuesday to 36 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release for conspiracy and filing false returns. Sperl was found guilty in February on a total of five counts for helping a Texas business owner evade taxes.