Manning woman arrested in preparing fraudulent tax returns

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Investigators with the S.C. Department of Revenue arrested Vanessa Ragin-Boatright, 48, of Manning on Thursday on six charges of assisting in the preparation of a fraudulent tax return.

While employed as a tax preparer and without the consent of her clients, Ragin-Boatright knowingly prepared income tax returns using fraudulent figures and itemized deductions for the 2008 tax year, according to a recent news release from the South Carolina Department of Revenue. As a result, Ragin-Boatright's clients received increased tax refunds to which they were not entitled.

Ragin-Boatright, who was also a college instructor, could face up to 30 years in prison and/or $3,000 in fines. She is being held at the Clarendon County Detention Center in Manning.