Valley tax preparer faces more theft charges

Published 5:29 pm Monday, August 26, 2019

VALLEY — A Valley tax preparer is facing another round of charges after more former customers have come to the police saying she stole part of their federal tax return.

Christina Williams, 38, of Valley, who is the owner of Family Tax Service, located at 85 Trammell Block in Valley, has been charged with six counts of identity theft and four counts of theft or property first-degree, according to Valley Police Major Mike Reynolds.

On July 29, Williams 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 after Valley police and agents from the IRS Criminal Investigative Division executed a search warrant of her business that resulted in the seizure of several file cabinets and business records.

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On July 18, Williams was charged with two counts of theft of property first-degree.

Reynolds said the charges are a result of several victims coming forward to say Williams allegedly stole part of their tax return.

He said there are still five or six pending cases that could lead to more charges.

Additionally, Reynolds said the IRS is doing its own investigation, which could lead to federal charges for Williams.

Reynolds said Williams would allegedly inflated the federal tax returns of her victims and only returned a portion of the money back to the them. Other times, Reynolds said she would inflate the return and tell the victim they were not getting a refund.

Also, Reynolds said some of Williams’ victims would opt to get their return on a prepaid debit card, and Williams would allegedly keep the debit card and make purchases with it.

Reynolds said the alleged victims never knew the debit card existed.

Reynolds said when the victim would question the existence of the debit card, Williams allegedly would tell the victims the money was tied up with the IRS. 

Reynolds said the police aren’t sure how much money has actually been stolen, but it appears to be more than $100,000.

As of Aug. 22, Williams has been charged with at least 13 counts of identity theft, which is a Class B felony. 

A Class B felony is punishable by not more than 20 years or less than two years for each count.