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Preparer jailed for hijacking tax refunds

A Spalding County woman has been jailed for allegedly routing tax refunds of people she prepared taxes for to her own account and investigators are concerned there may be more victims out there. The full release from Spalding sheriff Wendell Beam follows: Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office have arrested Lisa Marie McKneely, 35 years old, of 106 Autumn Ridge Drive Griffin for Financial Identity Theft, Forgery, Theft by Deception, Theft by Conversion. These charges resulted from a 2 month long investigation and numerous complaints from citizens who hired Mrs McKneely to file their 2012 Tax Returns. According to the complaints Mrs McKneely filed the tax returns and had the money from the returns sent to her account and failed to pay her customers what was owed from their 2012 Taxes. Mrs McKneely also used the identity of other’s to make payments on her bills and converted monies for her own use. Investigators are informing the community that if anyone had any business or personal financial dealings with Mrs McKneely to please contact Investigator Tony Little at 770-467-4282.

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