A federal grand jury in Salt Lake City today returned a superseding indictment charging Dick Reid Jenkins, a resident of Heber City, Utah, with 18 counts of presenting false, fictitious and fraudulent claims to the United States and one count of passing a fictitious obligation.
According to the superseding indictment, in September 2008, Jenkins filed a false 2007 income tax return for himself which claimed an income tax refund of $402,920. Then, in October 2008, Jenkins filed a false amended 2004 income tax return, which claimed an income tax refund of $434,261. Both false claims were based on the use of false Form 1099-OID, Original Issue Discount. In addition to his own false returns, from September 2008 through February 2009, Jenkins caused 16 other false federal income tax returns to be filed on behalf of other individuals. These other false tax returns also used false Forms 1099-OID and claimed federal income tax refunds totaling $8,407,623. The indictment further alleges that Jenkins was licensed by the state of Utah as a certified public accountant at all times relevant to these charges.
Additionally, according to the superseding indictment, on June 30, 2008, Jenkins passed and presented a false and fictitious financial instrument to the U.S. Department of the Treasury in the amount of $300,000,000.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. Individuals charged in indictments are presumed innocent until proven guilty. If convicted, Jenkins faces a statutory maximum penalty of 25 years in prison for each count of submitting fictitious obligations to the United States and five years in prison for each count of presenting false, fictitious, and fraudulent claims to the United States.
The case is being investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation and is being prosecuted by Tax Division Trial Attorneys Stuart Wexler and Michael Romano.