Las Vegas Man Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring to Submit False Federal Income Tax Returns
A Las Vegas man was sentenced to serve 15 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $192,632 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Larry J. Wszalek for the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada.
Damon Boswell pleaded guilty to conspiracy to submit false claims for federal income tax refunds on May 29. He was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey.
According to the plea agreement, between April 2009 and May 2009, Boswell, along with others, conspired to defraud the United States by assisting in the filing of federal tax returns falsely claiming refunds based on the First-Time Home Buyers Credit.
Boswell obtained personal identifying information from individuals by falsely telling them that if they had not filed their 2008 federal income tax returns and did not owe back taxes, they were entitled to receive “Obama Stimulus” money. The personal information, including names, dates of birth and social security numbers, was then used to file federal income tax returns claiming refunds to which the individuals were not entitled. The individuals did not authorize Boswell or anyone else to file or cause the filing of tax returns in their names. Boswell’s co-conspirator, Cheryl Ramos, pleaded guilty on Jan. 24 and has been sentenced.
The case was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Brown and Trial Attorney Sonia M. Owens of the Tax Division.