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August 31, 2001
 
 

SEATTLE AREA MAN SENTENCED TO 16 MONTHS IMPRISONMENT FOR
 FILING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURN CLAIMS


Francis J. Diskin, United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, and Rick Raven, Special Agent in Charge, Pacific Northwest Division, IRS-CID, announced that DAVID MUNGAI NJENGA, 40, was sentenced in Federal District Court today on charges of Conspiracy and Filing of False Federal Income Tax Claims.  U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Jacobs Rothstein sentenced Njenga, a Kenyan national who had been living in Sea-Tac, to 16 months imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and additionally ordered Njenga to pay over $13,000.00 in restitution.

According to documents filed with the court in his case, Njenga and a co-conspirator went to various tax preparation service offices in the Seattle area, during the month of February, 1997.  Using alias names and counterfeit social security numbers, Njenga and the co-conspirator would present to these services fraudulent W-2 forms, which forms falsely indicated they had been employed, and had federal income taxes withheld from their wages, during the 1996 tax year.  Based on those false and fraudulent W-2 forms, the tax preparation services would prepare, and file on behalf of Njenga and/or his co-conspirator false and fraudulent income tax return forms (Forms 1040), claiming a refund of income taxes which had never actually been withheld  In some cases, the tax preparation services also made loans to Njenga and/or the co-conspirator based upon a good faith expectation of a tax refund.  Njenga acknowledged as part of the proceedings in this case that he and/or his co-conspirator filed at least 15 such fraudulent income tax returns as part of the scheme, and in doing so made false claims to the IRS totaling over $37,000.00.

The case against NJENGA was investigated by Special Agent Mike Grosman, Criminal Investigations Division, Internal Revenue Service,  and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Warma.

For further information please contact Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence Lincoln (206) 553-4127, or Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Warma
(206) 553-7970.

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