United States Attorney Anne M. Tompkins
Western District of North Carolina
CHARLOTTE MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR TAX FRAUD The Defendant Claimed Over $200,000 in Fraudulent Tax Refunds CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Charlotte man was sentenced today to 27 months in prison and one year of supervised release for tax fraud, announced the Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. also ordered the defendant to pay restitution in the amount of $275,052 to the Internal Revenue Service.
U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by Jeannine A. Hammett, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI).
A criminal bill of information filed in May 2011 charged John Lamar Jenkins, 40, of Charlotte, with one count of filing a false tax return. According to filed court documents and statements made in court, from 2007 to 2012, Jenkins resided in the Western District of North Carolina, specifically in Pineville, Concord, and Charlotte. From 2005 to 2007, Jenkins was a resident of Sacramento, California. During much of this time, Jenkins worked as an independent contractor selling insurance. For tax years 2005 through 2007, Jenkins filed false joint individual tax returns and, based on false W-2 forms that claimed fraudulent amounts of federal tax withholding, Jenkins claimed fraudulent tax refunds totaling $211,263. Jenkins used these fraudulent tax refunds for his personal gain. Statements made in court indicate that Jenkins also filed 11 false tax returns, again using fraudulent W-2 forms in the names of other individuals, seeking $184,876 in fraudulent refunds. Jenkins filed those false tax returns without these individuals’ knowledge or permission. Jenkins sought to have those refunds deposited into a bank account under his control. Of this amount, four refunds totaling $63,789 were issued to Jenkins. Jenkins pled guilty in June 2011 to one count of filing a false tax return for tax year 2007.
In issuing the sentencing, Judge Conrad emphasized the importance of deterrence in criminal tax cases. “As we enter tax filing season, most citizens take their obligations seriously and file accurate tax returns,” stated U.S. Attorney Tompkins. “Individuals like the defendant, who try to cheat the system by evading their taxes and by filing fraudulent tax returns seeking bogus refunds, face criminal prosecution, significant prison sentences, and paying back the money they owe.” “IRS-CI will diligently pursue those who try to cheat the government,” said Special Agent in Charge Hammett. “This sentence sends a clear message that if you commit tax fraud you will be prosecuted.”
Jenkins was taken into local federal custody immediately following today’s sentencing. Upon designation of a federal facility he will be transferred into custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.
The case was investigated by IRS-CI, and the prosecution for the government was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenny G. Sugar of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.