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Man Sentenced to Year in Prison for Submitting Fictitious "Drafts" to IRS to Pay Personal Income Tax

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2005

Las Vegas, Nev. - A Reno man was sentenced to a year in prison today for submitting fictitious paperwork known as "sight drafts" to the IRS for the purpose of paying his personal income tax, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Last September, a jury convicted ALBERT R. SALMAN, age 65, owner of the Stead Barbershop in Reno, of two counts of submitting fictitious sight drafts to the IRS and two counts of attempting to interfere with the administration of IRS laws. U.S. District Judge Larry R. Hicks, who also ordered SALMAN to pay a special assessment of $400 and serve five years of supervised release, handed down the sentence.

According to the court records, on or about October 30, 1998, and January 15, 1999, SALMAN submitted fictitious "Sight Drafts" in the amounts of $750,000 and $250,000, respectively, to the IRS for the payment of his estimated federal personal income tax, knowing that the drafts were fictitious and that he did not owe such tax liability to the IRS. The "Sight Drafts" purported that they were issued under the authority of the United Sates Treasury, and were submitted along with an IRS Form 1040-ES, which is a payment voucher. Each voucher indicated he was making payment on behalf of ALBERT R. SALMAN for the 1998 calendar year.

SALMAN was allowed to remain free on bond until March 14, 2005, when he must surrender to the custody of the United States Bureau of Prisons.

Special Agents of IRS Criminal Investigation in Nevada investigated the case. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brian Sullivan.

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