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DECEMBER 12, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
D.C. MAN SENTENCED TO 2 YEARS IN PRISON FOR FILING
FALSE CLAIMS ON TAX RETURNS
GREENBELT, Maryland - United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein announces that today U.S. District Court Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Eugene Love, age 28, of Washington, D.C. to 2 years in prison followed by followed by 3 years of supervised release for filing false claims on federal income tax returns. Judge Williams also ordered Love to pay $190,416.29 in restitution; $60,035 to IRS and $130,381.29 to HSBC Taxpayer Services, the entity that provided Refund Anticipation Loans based on the false application for refunds.
According to the statement of facts presented at his guilty plea in September 2005, from about December 2001 through March 2002, Eugene Love was employed as an office manager at Instant Tax Service, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. As the office manager, Love was responsible for preparing and submitting tax returns on behalf of Instant Tax customers. The returns were filed electronically using the Electronic Filer Identification Number (EIN), which was assigned to Love.
During this time period, Love prepared 56 IRS personal income tax returns using false W-2 information. A Refund Anticipation Loan (RAL) was requested for each of these claims and issued in the client’s name. Each of the 56 RALs issued as a result of this fraudulent scheme were cashed and the funds paid to Love.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation for their investigation in this case. Mr. Rosenstein also praised Assistant United States Attorney Stuart Berman, who prosecuted the case.
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