MOTHER AND SON SENTENCED FOR FILING FALSE TAX RETURNS
Renee Gary, 45, of Alorton, Ill.-, and her son, Demond Gary, 22, of Madison, Ill.-, were each sentenced today, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced. Renee Gary received a sentence of three years probation and Demond Gary received a sentence of five years probation with a condition that he serve two months community confinement followed by four months of home detention. Renee Gary was ordered to receive a mental health evaluation and treatment. Demond Gary was additionally ordered to receive substance abuse treatment and vocational training. Both mother and son were ordered to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and to cooperate with the I.R.S.
On March 17, 2011, Renee Gary and Demond Gary both entered guilty pleas to separate Indictments charging Filing a False Tax Return, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206. As part of the pleas, both admitted to supplying false wage information on 2008 federal income tax returns and to using false W-2's to fraudulently attempt to obtain tax refunds.
“These prosecutions, and many more like them, are only part of my initiative to prosecute and deter federal tax fraud in the Southern District of Illinois. Tax cheaters and fraudsters steal from every law-abiding citizen in this country.” said United States Attorney Wigginton.
The successful prosecutions are the result of an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service/Criminal Investigations. The prosecution of the cases 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.