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Pine Belt tax preparer arrested on Tax Day for alleged unemployment fraud

Sharccara McNair
Sharccara McNair (Photo courtesy of the Mississippi State Auditor's Office)

A Mississippi Pine Belt woman could face nearly two decades behind bars for allegedly submitting distorted documents to receive unemployment benefits.

State Auditor Shad White announced on Monday that special agents arrested Sharccara McNair for submitting fraudulent certifications to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES). She was issued a demand letter upon her arrest for $31,763.85.

McNair is described as self-employed and a co-owner of Excellent Tax Pros in Hattiesburg. She allegedly submitted fraudulent certifications to MDES to acquire unemployment benefits while employed as a tax preparer.

“Thank you to the staff of the Department of Employment Security for alerting us to this scheme and to the investigators and prosecutors holding McNair accountable,” White said.

If convicted, McNair faces a maximum of 18 years in prison and $30,000 in fines.

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