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Former tax service owner's conviction upheld

HOLLANDALE — The conviction of the owner of a Mississippi income tax service has been upheld by a federal appeals court.

Mary Wesley of Hollandale was convicted in 2011 of filing doctored tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to repay $5.5 million.

Wesley was convicted of one count of conspiracy to defraud the government and four counts of fraud and false statements.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld her conviction. The panel rejected Wesley’s claims that the government failed to prove her guilt.

Three other owners of the Mid Delta Income Tax Service also were convicted and sentenced.

Internal Revenue Service investigators say Wesley supplied false dependents for clients.

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