Abbeville Woman in Federal Prison on Charges of Tax Fraud

April 16, 2013

An Abbeville, South Carolina woman is behind bars in federal prison after being sentenced last week on tax fraud charges.

49-year-old Sandra Burton of Abbeville, South Carolina was sentenced on Thursday in Federal Court in Spartanburg, on ten counts of preparing materially false federal income tax returns, each of which is a violation of Title 26, Unite States Code, Section 7206(2).

United States District Judge Mary G. Lewis ordered Burton to serve twenty-one months in federal prison, and to pay a restitution of $355,529.00 to the Internal Revenue Service.

Facts presented during her December guilty plea hearing revealed that most of her clients were W-2 wage earners.

A search warrant was issued after an undercover operation by an IRS agent, which led to the charges mentioned earlier.

In addition to her sentence, Burton was ordered to pay a special assessment of one thousand dollars and to serve one year of supervised release after her release from federal prison.

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