Joseph Octave and Vonyeda Carson pleaded guilty this week while Melissa Greene, Natisha Holloman, Kimberly Joline, Whitney Vargas-Medrano and Wendia Courtois pleaded guilty earlier.
All pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States by preparing and filing false tax returns while Octave also pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and assisting in the filing of false tax returns.
Octave owned and operated two Kapital offices in Charlotte and from 2014 through at least 2019, she and her employees used a variety of techniques, including inflated deductions and fake business losses, to increase refunds their clients received. Octave trained employees on how to file false returns, providing them with scripts and cheat sheets. She also instructed them not to review completed tax returns with clients beyond the refund amount.
Octave received the largest share of $700,000 in preparation fees received by Kapital.