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Indictment: Topeka Tax Preparer Boarded A Plane To Amsterdam to Flee From Federal Prosecution



April 16, 2011

TOPEKA, KAN. – A Topeka tax preparer facing federal tax charges has been indicted on an additional charge of trying to flee the United States to avoid prosecution, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

John Karundo Mukundi, 33, Topeka, Kan., initially was indicted in March with 14 counts of filing a false federal income tax return, 12 counts of wire fraud and 12 counts of aggravated identity theft. That indictment alleged Mukundi purchased tax preparation software from Tax Wise and used it to submit fraudulent tax returns electronically to the Internal Revenue Service.

Today’s indictment alleges that after Mukundi was arrested on the tax charges he was released on condition that he promised to appear in court, to remain in Shawnee County and to obtain no passport. The new indictment alleges that on March 29, 2011, Mukundi flew from Chicago to Washington, D.C., where he went to the Kenyan embassy and obtained an Emergency Certificate for travel to Kenya via Europe, Asia and Africa. He then boarded a flight in Washington, D.C., bound for Amsterdam. He was placed under arrest and taken from the plane.

If convicted on the charge of fleeing to avoid prosecution, he faces a sentence of imprisonment and penalty to be determined by the court. The Internal Revenue Service - CID investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Kenney and Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Hathaway are prosecuting.


A grand jury meeting in Topeka, Kan., also returned the following indictments:

Donald Ray Maye, 41, is charged with failing to register as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. The alleged crime occurred Sept. 3, 2010, in Shawnee County, Kan.

The indictment alleges Ray was convicted in California San Joaquin County Superior Court in California on a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse. He traveled to Kansas, where he failed to register as a sex offender.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The U.S. Marshals Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Hendershot is prosecuting.

Christopher Paul Ingo, 58, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of bank robbery.

Ingo initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed April 1, 2011, in U.S. District Court in Wichita. The indictment alleges that on March 30, 2011, Ingo robbed the Equishare Credit Union at 405 E. Central in Wichita.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Wichita Police Department investigated.

Tommy Lynn Sherrill, 41, Topeka, Kan., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Oct. 19, 2010, in Shawnee County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty a year in federal prison and a fine of not less than $1,000 on the drug charge and a penalty of not less than 15 years and not more than life on the firearm charge. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Hendershot is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.



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