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Couple charged on fraud counts related to false tax return

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Mrs. Campbell covers her face as Williams, left, and Investigator Obert Wiltsie lead her to the police department Thursday. Mrs. Campbell covers her face as Williams, left, and Investigator Obert Wiltsie lead her to the police department Thursday. rrspin.com

A husband and wife were arrested on identity theft charges Thursday.

The charges reflect the wife, while a tax preparer, falsified a victim’s tax return and she and her husband reportedly used the refund for their own gain.

Roanoke Rapids Police Department Deputy Chief Andy Jackson said the fraudulent refund amount was $4,878.

The couple, Shaunda Taylor Campbell, and her husband, Elliot Campbell, were charged following an investigation by Investigator Gorton Williams which was based on a report taken by Captain Bobby Martin on January 9.

The initial complaint filed by the victim indicated there were discrepancies on their 2016 tax return which included the addition of an unknown dependent child as well as tax loans which were obtained.

Mrs. Campbell, 37, was charged with six counts of identity theft which reflect she reportedly took tax loans on a prepaid card and used it herself. At the time she was employed with a nationally known tax preparer in the city, which the police department declined to name.

She received a $15,000 bond and March 7 court date.

Mr. Campbell, 43, was charged with five counts of identity theft involving the use of a prepaid card. He was not employed as a tax preparer.

He received a $12,500 bond and the same court date as is wife.

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