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ALORTON, ILLINOIS POLICE CHIEF CONVICTED
FOR FILING FALSE TAX RETURNS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2011

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced
today that ROBERT L. CUMMINGS, SR., age 42, of East St. Louis, Illinois pled guilty to a one-count
information on February 24, 2011, for Filing a False Tax Return, in US District Court for the Southern
District of Illinois, East St. Louis Division. Cummings is presently employed as the Chief of Police for
the Village of Alorton, Illinois.

As a part of the plea, Cummings admitted that from 1999-2006 that he caused to be prepared
and filed false and fraudulent U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns by using an inapplicable filing status
(head of household), and claiming false dependents, deductions, credits, and expenses in order to
minimize the amount of income tax he would pay; while maximizing the amount of deductions, credits
and refunds that he would receive. Cummings pled guilty for falsely claiming a tax deduction for a minor
child claiming the child as his own son when Cummings knew that the child was not related to him;
claiming false deductions for providing child care that he did not provide; and claiming false charitable
contributions. As part of his plea agreement, Cummings agreed to pay $24,925 in restitution to the IRS.

United States Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said “One of the priorities of my office is to
aggressively pursue and prosecute those persons who violate the federal tax laws. The law abiding
taxpayers of the United States are the real victims of this crime. While they voluntarily and timely pay
their taxes, others try to cheat the system to create refunds they do not deserve. In this instance, it is
particularly offensive that a member of the law enforcement community chose to engage in fraudulent
conduct. As Chief of Police he certainly should have known that his conduct was wrong. As “Tax Day”
approaches , American taxpayers should know that the Department of Justice, in collaboration with the
IRS, will continue to identify, prosecute and punish tax cheats nationwide.”

The crime of making a false tax return carries a maximum possible penalty of 3 years' imprisonment or a $100,000 fine, or both, and not more than 1 year of supervised release. However, the United States Sentencing Guidelines must be applied to the case and considered by the Court during sentencing. Sentencing has been set for June 10, 2011.

The investigation was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Division. The Metro East Public Corruption Task Force also participated in the investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft.

 

 

 

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