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BOSTON, MA - A Millis man was charged today in federal court with two counts of subscribing to a false tax return.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Susan Dukes, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations – Boston Field Office, announced today that JOHN H. BELL, age 66, of Millis, MA, was charged in an Indictment with two counts of subscribing to a false tax return.

The Indictment alleges that BELL operated a business he called Pro-Motion Sports, and made money by organizing sports camps and scouting events for high school athletes. For the 2004 and 2005 tax years, BELL significantly understated the taxable income he received from Pro-Motion Sports on his tax returns. As explained in the Indictment, BELL’s fraud ultimately lowered his tax liability for these years, depriving the United States of over $209,000.

If convicted on these charges, BELL faces up to 3 years imprisonment, to be followed by 1 year of supervised release, and a $100,000 fine on each count.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan M. DiSantis of Ortiz's Economic Crimes Unit.

The details contained in the Indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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