nixa man pleads guilty to defrauding the government
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Nixa, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court to defrauding the government by claiming tax refunds for himself and others that they were not entitled to receive.
Jason Andrew Powell, 32, of Nixa, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, to a federal information that charges him with conspiring to defraud the federal government.
By pleading guilty, Powell admitted that he created false W-2 forms for himself and others, using employer names of two non-existent companies and listing wages that were never actually earned and amounts of federal income tax that were never actually withheld or paid. Powell and five co-conspirators used these false W-2 forms to have fraudulent federal income tax returns prepared and filed, in order to receive large refunds.
Powell caused at least eight fraudulent income tax returns to be filed in this manner. The total amount of the government’s loss from the conspiracy, including both tax refunds and economic stimulus payments, was $65,605.
Under federal statutes, Powell is subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Mohlhenrich. It was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation.