For Immediate Release
June 13 , 2001
United States Attorney Jim Letten announced today that New Orleans resident George H. Johnson, who pleaded guilty in March to a one-count Bill of Information charging him with submitting a false claim against the United States Government, was sentenced today by U. S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr.
Johnson was ordered to serve fifteen months imprisonment beginning July 12, 2001, to be followed by three years of supervised release and to pay nearly $25,000.00 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.
In his guilty plea, Johnson admitted to submitting a 1994 Income Tax Return, Form 1040, in the name of a third party, without that party’s knowledge, in which he fraudulently claimed a refund of taxes never earned. The amount of loss to the government resulting from this false submission was $1,167. The balance of restitution Johnson was ordered to pay represents the total loss to the government for all claims for fraudulent refunds he submitted to the Internal Revenue Service on behalf of other taxpayers for the 1993, 1994, and 1995 tax years, according to documents filed in U. S. District Court.
Assistant U. S. Attorney Marvin Opotowsky prosecuted the case for the government. The investigation was conducted by special agents of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division.