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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Wichita Couple Sentenced For Tax Fraud

WICHITA, KAN. – A Wichita couple has been sentenced on tax fraud charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Charles W. Kriel, 60, Wichita, was sentenced to 12 months and a day. His wife, Pamela A. Kriel, 60, Wichita, was sentenced to time served.

The Kriels, who were co-owners of a computer consulting company, both pleaded guilty to one count of making a fraudulent claim for a tax return from tax year 2008. In addition, Charles Kriel pleaded guilty to one count of submitting a fraudulent promissory note to his mortgage lender.

In their pleas, they admitted the false claims would have caused a loss of at $961,569 to the Internal Revenue Service.

Grissom commended the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart for their work on the case.