LEXINGTON, N.C. — A Lexington woman was sentenced Tuesday to 39 months in federal prison for filing a false tax return and aggravated identity theft, according to a statement from the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of N.C.
Veronica Levonne Jones, 40, pleaded guilty to the charges on Dec. 2. She could have been sent to a maximum of five years in prison.
The report did not say when Jones would begin her sentence or where she would serve the prison term.
Chief U.S. District Judge William L. Osteen Jr. also ordered Jones to pay $199,000 in restitution and imposed one year of supervised released after she leaves prison.
Jones operated Tax Refund Solutions in Lexington.
According to the court’s statement, during the operation of that business, Jones knowingly falsified her income in her 2007 to 2009 tax returns, and she used the name and social security of another person on her tax return.
She also was charged with aiding and abetting others in the filing of false returns from 2007 to 2010.
The case was investigated by the criminal investigations division of the Internal Revenue Service.
“During tax filing season, return preparers and taxpayers should be aware of the serious consequences facing those who aid or assist in the filing of fraudulent tax returns,” Daniel Burget, acting special agent for the IRS criminal investigations unit.
“Those who fly in the face of the tax laws face investigation, prosecution, and if convicted, significant prison sentences and substantial fines.”