A federal judge this week sentenced a Charlotte man to four years and three months in prison for filing false tax returns and lying on a loan application.
Chief U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney also ordered Malik Shropshire, 43, to serve three years under court supervision following his prison term and to pay $582,933 as restitution to IRS and $7,749.24 to a credit union he defrauded, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.
According to court documents and Monday’s sentencing hearing, Shropshire worked as a tax preparer and a financial adviser in the Charlotte area, assisting in the preparation of hundreds of false tax returns filed with the IRS. Shopshire conspired with his sister, Nkhenge Shropshire, to execute a scheme involving the filing of fraudulent returns, according to court records.
In addition, Malik Shropshire, working with his sister, lied on loan applications in order to obtain a credit card and car loan, using false information, court records show.
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Malik Shropshire pleaded guilty in June 2015 to conspiracy to defraud the IRS and to making false statements on a loan application. Nkhenge Shropshire was previously sentenced for her role.
In announcing the sentence, Whitney noted the serious, sophisticated nature of the crime and said it was important to deter potential fraudsters from pursuing tax fraud schemes.
Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, and Thomas Holloman III, special agent in charge of the IRS’ Criminal Investigation Division, announced the sentencing this week.