Owner of tax service arrested for filing fraudulent returns

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say the owner of Tammy's Tax Service in Moncks Corner, Tammy Brinson, was arrested on Wednesday after investigators say they discovered that Brinson had filed fraudulent tax returns in her clients' names.

Brinson was arrested on nine counts of willfully assisting in the preparation of false or fraudulent tax returns.

According to the SC Department of Revenue, during 2007 and 2008, Brinson met with clients and filed income tax returns in their names and unbeknownst to the clients, Brinson filed the returns with fraudulent information.

Authorities say each of the clients was unaware that Brinson submitted wrongful information, resulting in the clients receiving fraudulent refunds.

Brinson is currently being held at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center pending a bond hearing and if convicted of the charges could face up to 45 years in prison and/or $4,500 in fines.

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