December 10, 2001



Shreveport, Louisiana . . . DAVID L. ALLEN, age 49, of Monroe, Louisiana, was sentenced by United States District Judge Robert G. James  to spend 10 months in prison, 5 of which will be served in a halfway house, for filing false claims with the Internal Revenue Service, United States Attorney Donald W. Washington announced today.  ALLEN was also ordered to pay $14,482.60 in restitution.  Sentencing in federal court is governed by the United States Sentencing Guidelines.  Parole has been abolished in the federal system.

ALLEN was indicted in March 1999 and pleaded guilty in September 2001 to one count of making false claims against the United States.  ALLEN knowingly made and presented to the United States IRS tax returns in ALLENís name and the name of various individuals claiming income tax refunds.  Each claim was false in that the named individual did not authorize that the return be filed, did not sign the return, did not earn the income reported, nor was any tax withheld.  Returns filed in ALLENís name were false in that they reflected income and withholdings which were not attributable to him.  The false claims were made throughout 1994 and 1995.  The total amount of false refunds claimed was approximately $22,346.

This investigation was conducted by Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Shreveport Division, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley.

For further information, please contact United States Attorney Donald W. Washington at 337-262-6680 or First Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Flanagan at 318-676-3600.

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