Valley tax preparer faces more charges

Published 10:20 am Tuesday, July 30, 2019

VALLEY — A Valley tax preparer is facing several more charges of theft after police searched her office, according to a news release from the Valley Police Department.

On July 29, Valley police, along with agents from the IRS Criminal Investigative Division, executed a search warrant at the office of Family Tax Service located at 85 Trammell Block  in Valley. During the search, officers resulted in the seizure of several file cabinets and business records.

According to police, in conjunction with the search, Christina Williams, 38, of Valley, who is the business owner, was charged with seven counts of identity theft, four counts of theft of property first-degree and two counts of theft of property second-degree. On July 18, the Valley Times-News reports reported that Williams was charged with two counts of theft of property first-degree.

Major Mike Reynolds with the Valley Police Department said Tuesday that calls from customers was part of the reason the police and IRS decided to get a search warrant for the property.

“The warrants are a result of seven new cases since the last time she was arrested,” Reynolds said.

Previous reporting says police arrested Williams after an investigation into allegations that she had stolen the federal income tax refund from several of her customers.

Since 2016, Williams has owned and operated Family Tax Services, which is located at 85 Trammell Avenue in Valley. She was initially arrested on July 1 and then again on July 14.

The Valley City Council is expected to vote to revoke the business license of Williams at its Aug. 12 meeting.

According to police on Tuesday, the case is still active and further charges are pending.