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Area Men Plead Guilty to Failing to File Federal Income Tax Returns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 27, 2012

As part of his ongoing effort to prosecute persons who steal from the United States of America by failing to pay their fair share of lawful income taxes, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today that two more guilty pleas had been secured.

Mozell Chaney, 62, of Washington Park, Illinois, pled guilty in federal district court to the offenses of Failing to File a Federal Income Tax Return for 2010 and 2011. The offenses carry a total maximum possible penalty of up to two years in prison and a total fine of up to $200,000. Sentencing is scheduled for March 11, 2013.

Evidence revealed in Court showed that Chaney is an independent truck driver. Prior to being contacted by the Internal Revenue Service/Criminal Investigations in 2012, he had not filed federal income tax returns since the 2005 tax year.

Kenneth Brian Cherry, Sr., 56, of Cottage Hills, Illinois, also pled guilty in federal district court to the offenses of Failing to File a Federal Income Tax Return for 2010 and 2011. The offenses carry a total maximum possible penalty of up to two years in prison and a total fine of up to $200,000. Sentencing is scheduled for March 11, 2013.

Court proceedings revealed that Cherry had a history of not filing federal income tax returns and not paying federal income tax. He admitted as part of the plea of having substantial federal tax liens.

These prosecutions are the result of an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service/Criminal Investigations and are part of the initiative in the Southern District of Illinois, led bu United States Attorney Wigginton, to prosecute individuals who receive substantial income but who decide to cheat the United States of America by willfully fail to file and pay their lawful federal income taxes. These prosecutions are being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman R. Smith.

To report criminal tax fraud call the I.R.S. Criminal Investigations at (618) 622-2160 or by sending the information to the Internal Revenue Service, Fresno, CA 93888.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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