COLLINSVILLE RESIDENT SENTENCED FOR AIDING AND ASSISTING IN THE MAKING OF A FALSE INCOME TAX RETURN
Vashawn Miller, 23, of Collinsville, IL, was sentenced on July 15, 2011, in federal district court, to three years probation, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. As conditions of supervision, Miller is required to pay full restitution, totaling $7,591, for the fraudulently obtained refund, maintain regular employment, cooperate with the Internal Revenue Service, and attend anger management counseling.
On March 25, 2011, Miller entered a plea of guilty to an Indictment charging him with Aiding and Assisting in the Making of False Federal Income Tax Return. As part of the plea, Miller admitted to assisting with the making of a false 2008 federal income tax return that involved a fraudulent tax refund based on falsified W-2 earnings. Miller was one of thirteen individuals prosecuted out of a false W-2 scheme. At the time of sentencing it was noted that Miller got involved because of his mother and his aunt. They were also prosecuted.
The prosecution of this case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service/Criminal Investigations. The prosecution was 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