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Germantown Resident Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

June 8, 2012

Memphis, TN – James C. Howell, Jr., 54, of Germantown, Tennessee, pled guilty to one count of income tax evasion before U.S. District Judge Samuel H. Mays, Jr., announced Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. Howell was indicted on September 21, 2011, and charged with one count of income tax evasion and four counts of failing to file income tax returns for 2005 through 2008.

According to the factual basis read in open court during the plea hearing, Howell, a former CPA, filed a 2004 federal income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that falsely claimed he had no taxable income for that year. Howell admitted that he understated gross receipts from his business, overstated business expenses, misidentified early withdrawals from his IRA as long term capital gains, understated the sales price of two mutual funds, and omitted charitable contributions and mortgage interest payment that would have exceeded the total amount of income reported. During the hearing, Howell also admitted that he failed to file tax returns for 2005 through 2008.

Howell’s plea agreement states that the tax loss to the United States for tax years 2004 through 2008 is $286,301.

Sentencing has been set for September 14, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. before Judge Mays. Howell faces a maximum penalty of five years and a fine of $250,000.

This investigation was conducted by IRS Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan T. Skrmetti represented the government.

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