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Florida Man Pleads Guilty To Filing False Claim With Internal Revenue Service For Tax Refund

For Immediate Release
Tax Division

WASHINGTON – Bradley Bowman, a resident of Lighthouse Point, Florida, pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false claim for a tax refund with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Assistant Attorney General Kathryn Keneally of the Justice Department's Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer for the Southern District of Florida announced today. Bowman was indicted on March 25, 2014.

According to court documents, in 2009, Bowman submitted to the IRS a false individual income false tax return for tax year 2005 that fraudulently claimed a refund of $299,024. Bowman engaged Penny Jones, who is currently serving a 12 year sentence in a related case, to create this false return. Bowman attached false Forms 1099-OID to the return which fraudulently claimed that he had income of $447,036, and he also falsely claimed that all of this income was withheld to satisfy his income tax liabilities. Sentencing is set for Aug. 7, 2014, where Bowman faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison, followed by up to three years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by Special Agents of the IRS-Criminal Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Greg Bailey of the Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bertha Mitrani for the Southern District of Florida.

Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found at the division website.

Updated April 6, 2015

Press Release Number: 14-564