Thursday, February 16, 2012
Tax preparer enters guilty plea
A Holly Springs man pled guilty last week to an indictment in federal court.
Thelbert Lamont Lesure, 40, pled guilty to count one of an indictment, charging him with knowingly preparing and transmitting a fraudulent tax return to the IRS, according to Felicia Adams, United States attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, and James C. Lee, special agent in charge of IRS Criminal Investigation.
Lesure entered his guilty plea before United States Chief District Judge Michael P. Mills in Oxford.
Lesure was released on a pre-existing bond pending sentencing, which will take place following the completion of a pre-sentence report. At sentencing, he faces a maximum possible penalty of five years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release.
“Return preparers have a responsibility to prepare accurate tax returns and will be held accountable when they knowingly and intentionally prepare them falsely,” Lee said.
This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, in the Oxford office and is being prosecuted by the Assistant United States Attorney Clay Dabbs.
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