Man Charged with Preparing False Tax Returns and Obstructing Enforcement of Federal Tax Laws
Las Vegas, Nev. – A man was indicted by the federal grand jury today on felony charges of aiding in the preparation of false tax returns and obstructing the IRS, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.
Vernon K. Newson is charged with 22 counts of preparation of false tax returns, one count of obstruction of the enforcement of the tax laws, and two counts of presenting a false claim to the United States. If convicted, Newson faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each false return preparation and obstruction count, and up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each false claim count.
According to the indictment, between April 15, 2004, and May 20, 2005, Newson allegedly aided in the preparation of 22 fraudulent federal individual income tax returns for 10 filers, and from about January 3, 2006, to July 9, 2007, he obstructed and impeded the IRS by making false statements to auditors and asking clients to "reconstitute" receipts for past returns. Additionally, on April 12 and May 6, 2006, Newson is charged with making and presenting two fraudulent tax returns to the IRS, knowing that they contained false and fictitious information.
Newson was issued a summons and is scheduled for an initial appearance and arraignment on Friday, March 5, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. before United States Magistrate Judge Leavitt.
The investigation is being conducted by IRS Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger Yang.
The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.