A Winston-Salem tax preparer pleaded guilty Monday to helping with and filing a false income tax return.

Nicholas Laws managed the Winston-Salem branch of Tax Mind from 2014 until 2019, according to a statement from the Department of Justice. He was accused of charging additional fees — of more than $1,000 in some instances — to prepare fraudulent returns and report false wages and business incomes to increase client refunds.

Laws also was accused of filing a false personal income tax return for 2014 and not filing tax returns to report his income for 2015 through 2019.

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The IRS says Laws intended to scam the agency out of nearly $3 million.

According to court documents, prosecutors said Laws…

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