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Carson City Bond & Loan Broker Sentenced for Filing False Tax Returns

January 23, 2003

Reno, Nev. - United States Attorney for the District of Nevada, Daniel G. Bogden, and Byram Tichenor, Special Agent-in-Charge of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) for Nevada, announce that NEWTON CLIFFORD BENNETT, age 60, a resident of Carson City, Nevada, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for Making and Subscribing a False Income Tax Return, a violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(1). The sentence was handed down today in Reno by U.S. District Court Judge Howard D. McKibben.

According to the court records, from 1995 to 1997, NEWTON CLIFFORD BENNETT owned and operated West Coast Bonding & Trust, in Carson City, Nevada. BENNETT held himself out to be a performance bond broker and loan broker. BENNETT sold performance and surety bonds throughout the United States and received commissions from these sales. BENNETT also received finder's fees from various individuals for finding loans for them. The performance bonds were not backed by any funds, and the State of Nevada, Division of Insurance, Department of Business and Industry, subsequently determined that the performance bonds were fraudulent.

BENNETT failed to report any of the income he earned from the commissions or finder's fees on his federal income tax returns for the years 1995 to 1997. A criminal investigation conducted by IRS-CI in Reno, and an examination of BENNETT's business and bank records, revealed that BENNETT failed to report the following amounts on his income tax returns for 1995-1997:

1995 - $165,371.60; 1996 - $196,687.81; 1997 - $13,871.03. The IRS calculated additional federal taxes due and owing from BENNETT as follows: 1995 - $21,052; 1996 - $27,602; 1997 - $405, for a total of $49,059 for all three years.

BENNETT was also ordered to serve one year of supervised release following his release from prison and to pay restitution in the amount $49,059. BENNETT must self-surrender to the designated institution on March 24, 2003.

Special Agents with Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brian Sullivan.

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