MOTHER AND SON PLEAD GUILTY TO FILING A FALSE TAX RETURN
A Collinsville mother and her son both entered guilty pleas in federal district court to charges of filing false tax returns the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. On March 17, 2011, Renee Gary, 42, of Collinsville, Ill.-, and her son, Demond Gary, 22, of Alton, Illinois, entered guilty pleas to separate Indictments charging Filing a False Tax Return. Sentencing for both mother and son is scheduled for June 24, 2011.
The offenses carry a maximum possible punishment of up to three (3) years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, restitution, and up to one (1) year supervised release. As part of the pleas, both Renee Gary and Demond Gary 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 part of our initiative to prosecute and deter federal tax fraud in the Southern District of Illinois. People who cheat on their taxes defraud both the United States government and the truthful citizens of Southern Illinois.”, United States Attorney Wigginton noted. 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.