FBI investigating tax servicePublished 11:37am Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies raided Preyear’s Tax Service and Check Cashing LLC in Atmore on Wednesday morning.
Agents and officers on scene said they could not comment on the investigation at that time, but did confirm that the FBI was involved. A phone call to the FBI Office in Mobile was not immediately returned.
On March 30, 2012, a federal judge sentenced the company’s then-owner, Alice Preyear Mobley, to six years and three months in prison. Chief U.S. District Court Judge William Steele said that Mobley had collected thousands of dollars by using her tax preparation service to file fraudulent tax returns of behalf of clients.
Mobley owned a controlling interest in Preyear’s locations in Atmore, Monroeville and Thomasville, and also had ownership interest in businesses in Greenville, Miss., and Longview, Texas.
The investigation into Mobley began in March 2010, when agents raided all five of Mobley’s businesses, and her home in Monroeville.
It was not immediately clear if Wednesday’s investigation was related to the case against Mobley, or was part of a separate investigation.