Canton man charged with filing false tax returns from prison
Brandon M. Mace was arrested for making false claims for income tax refunds totaling $5,499,000, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
According to court records, Mace, 35, currently resides in Canton, Ohio.
Mace was charged on November 6, 2012, in a previously sealed two-count indictment. Mace pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Judge William H. Baughman, Jr., who ordered Mace to be temporarily detained without bond pending a pretrial detention hearing on November 28th.
The indictment alleges that Mace, while incarcerated on State of Ohio charges, prepared false income tax returns for the years 2008 and 2009 claiming false tax refunds in the amounts of $207,000 and $5,292,000, respectively.
The case has been assigned to United States District Judge Patricia A. Gaughan.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John M. Siegel and Special Assistant United States Attorney Perry D. Mastrocola, following an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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