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June 10, 2011

On June 10, 2011, Brenda Mason, 50, of Centreville, Ill. was sentenced to fourteen [14] months imprisonment, followed by one-year supervised release for her conviction for filing a false federal income tax return, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. As a condition of supervision, she is required to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and to the Illinois Department of Revenue totaling $8,696. She is also required to provide information to the Internal Revenue Service to assist in the assessment and collection of her income taxes that are due or are to become due.

On February 28, 2011 Mason entered a plea of guilty to an Indictment charging her with Making a False 2008 Federal Income Tax Return. As part of her plea, Mason admitted to assisting relatives and a number of other individuals with obtaining fictitious W-2's so that the other people could also file false federal tax returns to obtain refunds and admitted to making a false 2008 federal income tax return in order to obtain a fraudulent federal income tax refund that was 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 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.



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