FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013
TDD (202) 514-1888
LOUISIANA HOME INSPECTOR SENTENCED TO 78 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR TAX FRAUD
WASHINGTON – Jack Ray Carr, of Baton Rouge, La., was sentenced today to 78 months in federal prison for one count of corruptly interfering with the due administration of the Internal Revenue laws, four counts of filing false income tax returns and one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false income tax return, the Justice Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) announced. Additionally, Carr was sentenced to one year of supervised release.
On June 20, 2012, following a three-day jury trial in the Middle District of Louisiana, Carr was convicted on all six counts. The evidence at trial established that Carr, a home inspector, threatened violence against a federal agent, filed false documents and tax returns with the IRS, and attempted to pay his tax debt with fraudulent bonds, fictitious money orders and a fake check. On three successive personal income tax returns, Carr falsely reported that his and his wife’s income was “$0.00,” despite earning hundreds of thousands of dollars in total during the 2001, 2002 and 2003 tax years. In 2009, on two tax returns, Carr falsely reported more than $100,000 of federal income tax withholdings based on fictitious IRS Forms 1099-OID attached to the tax returns that Carr filed in his own name and in the name of his wife. In doing so, Carr claimed more than $150,000 of fraudulent tax refunds from the U.S. government.
Kathryn Keneally, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, thanked the special agents of IRS - Criminal Investigation and TIGTA, who investigated this case. Assistant Attorney General Keneally also thanked Tax Division Trial Attorneys Justin Gelfand and Jason Poole who prosecuted this case.