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Sept. 29, 2010


(HOUSTON) – Immediately after a jury found Brent Edward Crummey guilty of six counts of filing a false claim against the United States in a tax case, U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt, who presided over the trial, ordered Crummey into federal custody pending sentencing, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

The jury returned its guilty verdicts today against Crummey for filing six U.S. Income Tax Returns for Estates and Trusts, IRS forms 1041 for years 2002 through 2007, claiming tax refunds of all withholdings of federal income taxes withheld by his employer totaling $119,000. Crummey contended that the Social Security Administration created a trust when it sent him a Social Security card. Accordingly, the six returns claiming tax refunds of all federal income taxes withheld on the W-2 forms that Crummey’s employers had issued to him in those years were filed. The jury found Crummey filed six false claims.    

After the verdict, Judge Hoyt revoked Crummey’s bond and ordered him into custody pending sentencing set for Jan. 3, 2011. The maximum penalty for each of the six convictions is five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigations investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Charles J. Escher and F. Andino Reynal prosecuted the case.


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