LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - According to Christopher R. Thyer, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, two former tax preparers were sentenced to prison today on multiple charges.
Officials say that James Bruce Morris, 66, will serve 48 months in prison. His wife, Karen Sue Morris, 49, will serve 24 months in prison. Each was sentenced to three years of supervision after their prison terms.
In addition, they will not be allowed to engage in tax preparation business as part of their sentencing. Officials say that they are ordered to report to the Bureau of Prisons by noon on May 7.
On April 26, 2011 the Morrises were convicted of 44 charges, including theft from Social Security Administration and the Veterans Administration. Mr. Morris is said to have concealed his work and earnings from his business in order to qualify for benefits. The couple was also convicted in defrauding the Department of Education, regarding false FAFSA applications; and filing false tax returns for themselves and their clients. They would under-report income so that deductions were overstated. In some cases, the Earned Income Tax Credit was fraudulently received.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice