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An Alexandria tax preparer is facing multiple charges in Spotsylvania County after police say she fraudulently filed tax returns for inmates and family members and kept nearly $300,000 in refunds for herself.

Dorothy Anne Beach, 50, was indicted this week and arrested Thursday after an 18-month joint investigation.

According to Capt. Jeff Pearce of the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office, about 40 people were identified as victims. A majority of the victims were inmates that she had offered her tax services to and about 15 were her own family members.

The investigation revealed that Beach collected nearly $300,000 under false pretenses, Pearce said.

She is charged in Spotsylvania with racketeering, identity theft, grand larceny, money laundering, filing a false tax return and being a tax preparer who files a false tax return.

Quantico resident Raymond Nolton, who said he dated Beach more than 15 years ago and hadn’t seen her in more than five years, is one of her victims.

The 59-year-old said Beach created fake W–2s and filed taxes in his name twice and had the refunds sent to her address. He said his 30-year-old son was a victim too.

“The red flag was that she had all the refunds sent to her home,” he said. “She probably would have gotten away with it if she had used different addresses or a P.O. Box.”

Nolton said as soon as the case is over, he can regain his identity and authorities will help him clear his credit.

Senior detective Joseph Cagnina of the Sheriff’s Office led the investigation in a task force approach with the Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Taxation.

Pearce said there could be more victims who are not aware and they should contact the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office by calling 540/582-7115.

Beach is being held at Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond. She is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419