Former Henderson Fireman Charged with Tax Evasion
Las Vegas, Nev. – The federal grand jury has indicted a former City of Henderson fireman on felony tax charges for willfully evading and failing to pay over $130,000 in income taxes, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.
Dwight C. Jackson, of Henderson, is charged with five counts of felony tax evasion. The indictment was returned on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. Special Agents with IRS Criminal Investigation arrested Jackson yesterday afternoon in Henderson, and he is scheduled to make an initial court appearance at 3:00 p.m. today before U.S. Magistrate Judge George W. Foley.
The indictment states that during the years 2004 through 2008, Jackson had a gross taxable income of approximately $643,526, and that he owed approximately$130,741 in tax to the IRS for those years. Jackson allegedly willfully attempted to evade paying the tax by substantially understating his wages on his individual income tax returns, by falsely claiming the earned income tax credit, by untimely filing his returns, by submitting false W-4 forms with his employer claiming he was exempt from federal tax withholdings, and by concealing and attempting to conceal from IRS authorities his true and correct income.
If convicted, Jackson faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.
The case is being investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney J. Gregory Damm.
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.