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February 7, 2014

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee

Chattanooga Resident Pleads Guilty To Preparing Fraudulent Tax Return

CHATTANOGA, Tenn. – On Feb. 6, 2014, Dedric Landrum, 40, of Chattanooga, Tenn., was sentenced by the Honorable Curtis L. Collier, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 18 months in prison, for preparing a false and fraudulent income tax return. Upon his release from prison, he will be subject to one year of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $148,678 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Landrum pleaded guilty to a one count information charging him with these offenses. According to supporting documentation for the plea agreement, Landrum fraudulently obtained tax refunds by fraudulently inflating deductions and credits on tax returns prepared by him.

The investigation leading to the charges, guilty plea and sentencing was conducted by the IRS. Assistant U.S. Attorneys John P. MacCoon and James Brooks represented the United States.

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