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Waynesboro man pleads not guilty to tax fraud charges

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A Waynesboro, Ga., man accused of filing false income tax returns pleaded not guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Augusta.

Carlos Newton was indicted this month on 22 counts of filing false tax returns. According to the indictment, Newton is accused of creating fictitious businesses, income and expenses for people who hired him to prepare their taxes, getting the Earned Income Credit for 22 people between January 2009 and January 2011.

Newton is free on a $15,000 bond pending trial.

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