Camden tax preparer admits to identity fraud

August 14, 2013 

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COLUMBIA, SC A tax preparer from Camden admitted in federal court on Wednesday to filing 86 false tax returns totaling $82,665, U.S. attorney Bill Nettles said in a release.

Penny Maria Smith, 51, used personal information gathered from clients to prepare their tax returns in previous years to file the fake returns in their names or in the names of their dependants, in additional years without their authority, Nettles said.

Smith could be fined $250,000 and/or 15 years in prison plus a $100 assessment. She will be sentenced November 19, 2013 by federal district judge Cameron McGowan Currie.

-- Rachael Myers Lowe

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