Utah Man Charged With Filing False Claims For Tax Refunds
SALT LAKE CITY – A federal grand jury in Salt Lake City returned an indictment Wednesday afternoon charging Dick Reid Jenkins, a resident of Heber City, Utah with 18 counts of presenting false claims to the United States.
According to the indictment, in September 2008, Jenkins filed a false 2007 income tax return for himself which claimed an income tax refund of $402,920. Then, in October 2008, Jenkins filed a false amended 2004 income tax return, which claimed an income tax refund of $434,261. Both false claims were based on the use of false Form 1099-OID, Original Issue Discount. In addition to his own false returns, from September 2008 through February 2009, Jenkins caused sixteen other false federal income tax returns to be filed on behalf of other individuals. These other false tax returns also used false Form 1099-OID and claimed federal income tax refunds totaling $8,407,623. The indictment further alleges that Jenkins was licensed by the state of Utah as a Certified Public Accountant at all times relevant to these charges.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. Individuals charged in indictments are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The case is being investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation and is being prosecuted by U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division Trial Attorneys Stuart Wexler and Michael Romano.