CAHOKIA MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR TAX FRAUD AND FOR LYING TO IRS AGENTS
A Cahokia man, convicted of tax fraud and of making false statements to IRS/CI agents, was sentenced to two years in federal prison on June 23, 2011, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
On February 23, 2011, Mark A. Lewis, 30, pled guilty to one count of Making a False Statement to the Internal Revenue Service and five counts of Aiding and Assisting in the Making of False Federal Income Tax Returns. Lewis was involved in the filing of false returns to obtain fraudulent tax refunds based on falsified W-2 earnings statements that falsified employment, falsified earnings, and falsified taxes previously withheld. When interviewed by an agent from the Internal Revenue Service/Criminal Investigation Division, Lewis provide false information. Through his scheme, Lewis caused seventeen individuals to file false federal income tax returns. After release from prison, Lewis has been ordered to serve three years supervised release and to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service for the loss he caused.
“Cheating your fellow citizens by this type of fraud is bad enough, but lying to try to avoid your just punishment calls for harsher treatment.” said United States Attorney Wigginton. Wigginton praised the investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service/Criminal Investigation Division, noting that their relentless pursuit of tax cheaters helps not only the Southern District of Illinois, but the entire country.
The prosecution of this 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.