Tax Preparer Sentenced to 46 Months for Filing False Tax Returns

December 4, 2017-United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch announced that an Illinois man was sentenced to 46 months in prison followed by 2 years supervised release after pleading guilty to filing fraudulent tax returns on behalf of others. ” Arthur Lee Smith Jr., age 60, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced before Hammond Senior District Court Judge James T. Moody . . . When preparing tax returns for clients, Smith sometimes fraudulently reported an
overinflated salary and federal income tax withheld for his clients, and other times fraudulently reported unearned wages, unpaid federal income tax withheld, and/or false dependents. These fraudulent filings led to fraudulent refunds being issued to Smith’s clients” according to the statement. US Attorney Kirsch says Smith used the names “King Solomon” and “Buddy” when preparing tax returns. Smith was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of
$313,871.

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