FORMER ALORTON, ILLINOIS, POLICE CHIEF SENTENCED FOR FILING FALSE TAX RETURNS
The former chief of police for the Village of Alorton, Illinois, convicted for filing false tax returns, was sentenced to 6 months of home confinement with electronic monitoring, and 4 years of probation, on June 10, 2011, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Robert L. Cummings, age 43, of Alorton, Ill. pled guilty on February 24, 2011. Cummings was ordered to pay $24,925 in restitution to the IRS.
From 1999-2006, Cummings 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 paid cash to the custodial parents of eight children in exchange for allowing him to falsely claim a tax deduction for those children who were not his own and who did not reside with him. Additionally, Cummings claimed false deductions for providing child care that he did not provide and he claimed false charitable contributions.
The investigation was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Division. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft.