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March 05, 2012

LANCASTER, TEXAS MAN SENTENCED FOR INCOME TAX VIOLATIONS

                SHERMAN, TX – A 39-year-old Lancaster man has been sentenced to federal prison for tax violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

                MORRIS DWAYNE TURNER pleaded guilty on August 31, 2011 to filing a false claim with the Internal Revenue Service, and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison today by United States District Judge Marcia Crone.

                According to information presented in court, Turner filed a Form 1040 with a Form 1099-MISC for the tax year 2006, fraudulently overstating tax payments by a substantial amount and claiming a refund of $169,682.00. The refund was processed by the Internal Revenue Service and a tax refund was mailed to Turner's home address. Turner attempted to use the money for his own personal benefit. The Internal Revenue Service previously seized and forfeited $168,578.35 from Turner, who was ordered to pay an additional $1,103.65 in restitution, the outstanding balance of the fraudulent refund.

                This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Stover.

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