Charlotte tax preparer charged with filing fraudulent returns

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. — A Charlotte tax preparer is facing charges after being investigated for multiple individual tax returns he filed over the last several years.

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Willie James Crite Jr., 40, has been charged with obtaining property by false pretenses, attempt to evade or defeat tax and willful failure to file return, supply information or pay tax.

Crite was arrested on Wednesday by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Arrest warrants say Crite obtained or tried to obtain a refund of $18,989 by filing a fraudulent individual tax return in 2014.

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The warrants also claim he filed false returns in 2015 and 2016, understating his taxable income.

Crite also failed to file a corporate return for his business, Swift Tax, Inc. on West Sugar Creek Road, in 2013, according to another arrest warrant.

Crite was in court in Wake County on Thursday.

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