BELLEVILLE RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO AIDING AND ASSISTING IN THE MAKING OF FALSE INCOME TAX RETURNS AND TO MAKING A FALSE STATEMENT TO I.R.S./CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced
today that on February 22, 2011, MARK LEWIS, age 38 of Belleville, Illinois entered a plea of guilty
to an Indictment charging him with six counts of Aiding and Assisting in the Making of False Federal
Income Tax Returns and one count of Making a False Statement to I.R.S./Criminal Investigations.
Sentencing is currently scheduled for May 20. 2011, in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. Each
offense of Making a False Federal Income Tax Return carries a maximum potential punishment of up
to three (3) years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, restitution, and up to one (1) year supervised release.
The offense of Making a False Statement to I.R.S./Criminal Investigations has a maximum potential
punishment of up to five (5) years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, restitution, and up to three (3) years
supervised release. As part of the plea, LEWIS admitted to assisting six other separately charged
individuals with the making of 2008 federal income tax returns and also admitted to making false
statements to I.R.S./Criminal Investigations during its investigation of a criminal scheme that involved
the filing of false tax returns to obtain fraudulent tax refunds based on falsified W-2 earnings.
The prosecution in this case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue
Service/Criminal Investigations. The prosecution of the case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney
Norman R. Smith.
If you suspect or know of an individual or company that is not complying with the tax laws, you
may report this activity by contacting the local Internal Revenue Service/Criminal Investigation Office
at (618) 622-2160 or by mailing information to: Internal Revenue Service, Fresno, CA 93888.