A former member of the U.S. Army who served in the Columbia area is going to prison for depriving the government of nearly a million dollars.
Desmond Lamar Williams was sentenced Tuesday for preparation of false tax returns, according to U.S. Attorney Beth Drake.
Williams was sentenced to 24 months in prison, Drake’s office said.
Williams was an active duty member of the U.S. Army for years, and also worked as a tax preparer for the tax years 2011-2014, according to Drake’s office.
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An investigation by the Internal Revenue Service revealed that many of the returns Williams prepared contained false information, Drake’s office reported. As a result of Williams’ fraudulent actions, the government suffered a loss of $712,728.