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Belleville Man Sentenced for Filing False Federal Income Tax Return

October 22, 2012

Jerome L. Neal, Jr., 29, of Belleville, IL, was sentenced today in federal court for filing a false 2008 federal income tax return, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced.

Neal was indicted by a federal grand jury in April, 2012, and was one of eleven individuals charged with participating in a scheme to defraud the IRS. Neal was enticed by his then girlfriend to provide false W-2 information that falsely reported an employer, falsely reported wages, and falsely reported taxes withheld to the Internal Revenue Service. Neal plead guilty to this charge in May, 2012. Neal received a sentence of five years probation, with conditions of supervision of six months home detention with electronic monitoring. In addition, he must pay restitution totaling $6,068.95, must cooperate with the Internal Revenue Service in the collection and assessment of income tax, participate in substance abuse counseling and treatment, participate in vocational training, maintain full time employment, and pay a $100 special assessment.

The prosecution is the result of an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service/Criminal Investigations. The prosecution of the case was 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: Internal Revenue Service, Fresno, CA 93888.















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