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New Hampshire Man Charged with Filing False Tax Returns

April 12, 2013

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont today announced that a federal Grand Jury has Charged Bruce Allen Godfrey, 56, of Canaan, New Hampshire on three felony tax counts. Two counts charge Godfrey with filing individual income tax returns containing false information about the amount of taxes that had been withheld on his behalf. A third count charges him with engaging in this scheme from 2006 to 2010.

In papers filed today in court, the prosecution described Godfrey's scheme as involving Godfrey filing tax returns in which he claimed to have both received income from and had taxes withheld by businesses that he had registered with the IRS in order to falsely assert that he was entitled to a tax refund.

As with all criminal defendants, Godfrey is presumed innocent unless and until he has been adjudged guilty. If convicted, the maximum sentence for each count is three years’ incarceration.

Following his arrest, Godfrey was arraigned before United States Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy. Godfrey remains in the custody of the United States Marshals until his next court appearance Monday, April 15.

This case was investigated by the Criminal Investigation division of the Internal Revenue Service.

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