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Brooklyn Resident Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding the IRS and Stealing Government Funds

For Immediate Release
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A Brooklyn, New York, man was sentenced to 48 months in prison for conspiring to defraud the government and theft of public funds, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.

According to documents filed with the court, Akim Martin, also known as Akim Davis, conspired with others to file fraudulent tax returns for companies and individual taxpayers.  As part of the scheme, from March 2009 through March 2013, Martin and his co-conspirators filed false tax returns in the names of businesses they purportedly owned and operated, claiming phony deductions for wages paid to employees that purportedly worked for the fake companies.  Martin negotiated fraudulently obtained federal refund checks and spent the money on his personal expenses.   Martin’s conduct resulted in a tax loss of over $550,000.

In addition to the term of imprisonment imposed, U.S. District Judge Carol Bagley Amon ordered Martin to serve 3 years of supervised release, forfeit $82,600, and to pay restitution of $544,325 to the IRS.    

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman commended special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Trial Attorneys Jason Scheff and Ann M. Cherry of the Tax Division, who prosecuted the case.  

Updated October 23, 2018

Financial Fraud
Press Release Number: 18-1379