Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Filing False Claim with Internal Revenue Service for Tax Refund
Bradley Bowman, a resident of Lighthouse Point, Florida, pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false claim for a tax refund with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer for the Southern District of Florida and Assistant Attorney General Kathryn Keneally of the Justice Department’s Tax Division announced today. Bowman was indicted on March 25, 2014.
According to court documents, in 2009, Bowman submitted to the IRS a false individual income false tax return for tax year 2005 that fraudulently claimed a refund of $299,024. Bowman engaged Penny Jones, who is currently serving a 12 year sentence in a related case, to create this false return. Bowman attached false Forms 1099-OID to the return which fraudulently claimed that he had income of $447,036, and he also falsely claimed that all of this income was withheld to satisfy his income tax liabilities. Sentencing is set for Aug. 7, 2014, where Bowman faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison, followed by up to three years of supervised release.
The case was investigated by Special Agents of the IRS-Criminal Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bertha Mitrani for the Southern District of Florida and Trial Attorney Greg Bailey of the Tax Division.
Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found at the division website.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.