Local tax service owner faces new charges

Published 10:20 am Monday, April 4, 2011

The owner of a local tax service business is facing new charges after a Mobile Federal Grand Jury handed down nearly 100 new indictments this week.

Alice Mobley of Monroeville, who previously owned Preyear Tax and Check Cashing, LLC, now faces an additional 99-count indictment including charges of identity theft, conspiracy, mortgage fraud and filing false tax returns. She previously faced an indictment of 80 counts of charges ranging from conspiracy, preparing and filing false tax returns, mortgage fraud and wire fraud that were levied against her after a raid of her business last year. She owned offices in Atmore and Thomasville, as well as a Mississippi and Texas office. The recent ruling of the Federal Grand Jury replaces the previous indictment handed down earlier this year.

The new indictment added a dozen counts of aggravated identity theft and four counts of filing false tax returns.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

In a prepared statement by U.S. Attorney Kenyen Brown, the indictments carry out the purpose of the Department of Justice.

“This prosecution shows that the Department of Justice understands its duty to work to ensure that honest taxpayers are not taken advantage of, and to protect taxpayers from those who claim to be bona fide tax return preparers, but in reality prepare and file fraudulent returns,” Brown said in the statement.

Information contained in the indictment accuses Mobley of falsely understating the gross receipts of her business during 2007, 2008 and 2009. She is also accused, along with her employees, of using tactics that claimed unjustified refunds for clients including falsely claiming earned income tax credits.

Mobley’s business has been accused of submitting tax refund claims totaling more than $68 million between 2007 and 2009. She has also been accused of making false mortgage applications in connection with CitiBank and Wells Fargo.

A May court date had previously been set in the case, however reports are that Mobley’s attorneys will be asking that the case be postponed in light of the latest indictments handed down.

The local office was the subject of a raid in March 2010 when federal agents with assistance from officers with the Atmore Police Department and agents with the Internal Revenue Service surrounded Preyear’s Tax Service and Check Cashing LLC and served a federal search warrant. The business was located at the corner of North Main and East Ridgeley streets in downtown Atmore.

During their raid, agents removed boxes of documents presumed to be paperwork filed by the Ridgeley Street business, as well as, computers and other equipment, all of which was placed in government vehicles for transport. At least one vehicle was also searched during the raid.

The case was investigated by agents of the Mobile office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Criminal Investigation; Internal Revenue Service, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; and the 35th Judicial Circuit Task Force in Monroeville. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gregory Bordenkircher and Charles Baer on behalf of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama.

If found guilty of the charges against her, Mobley could be facing more than 30 years in prison.