the republic logo

Jonesboro tax prepared sentenced to more than 4 years in prison for fraud


JONESBORO, Georgia — A tax preparer from Jonesboro who received nearly $7 million in fraudulent returns has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.

Anita Ford operated Georgia Peach Financial & Fast Tax Service. Prosecutors said she manipulated the tax data of thousands of clients from 2004 to 2012.

Authorities said Ford made up fake businesses to offset income tax liability for her clients. She previously pleaded guilty.

WXIA-TV reports ( ) that an undercover IRS agent posed as a new client in 2011. While the tax return entitled that undercover agent to a $400 refund, Ford said the undercover agent would only receive $200. Prosecutors said Ford also created a fake beauty salon on paper with $30,000 in expenses, then filed a return for the fake business.

Information from: WXIA-TV,

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.

We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)


Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.