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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2009                                              PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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            BEAUMONT, TX -    U.S. Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a Vidor couple has been sentenced today for filing false tax returns and failure to file tax returns in the Eastern District of Texas.

            THOMAS B. PARKER, 64, was sentenced to 5 years probation with a condition that 356 days be served in jail to begin on April 9, 2009.  MARGARET A. PARKER, 65, was sentenced to 5 years probation with a condition that she perform 120 hours of community service and that she serve 180 days of home confinement to begin immediately.  The Parkers were also ordered by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark to jointly pay $62,042.00 in restitution to the U.S. Treasury.

            In December 2008, a jury found the husband and wife guilty of 7 counts of filing false tax returns and 5 counts of failure to file a tax return following a 2 day trial before Judge Clark.  The jury also found that the couple caused a potential tax loss to the government of $106,564.00.    The difference in the restitution order and the jury finding were tax payments the Parkers made on earlier returns which they unsuccessfully attempted to recover by filing the false amended returns.

            According to information presented in court, the Parkers filed amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns for 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000 in which they falsely represented they had no taxable income, they owed no taxes, and sought a refund.  They also failed to file tax returns for 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006.  They were indicted by a federal grand jury on June 25, 2008.

            The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigative Division and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Rawls.



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