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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 23, 2016

Easton Man Pleads Guilty to Filing False Tax Returns

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Joel P. Garland, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation in New England, today announced that on May 20, 2016, PAUL CARPENTER, 64, of Easton, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false tax return.

According to court documents and statements made in court, CARPENTER operated a chiropractic practice in Bridgeport.  For the 2008 and 2009 tax years, CARPENTER intentionally mischaracterized personal expenses as deductible business expenses on his Schedule C relating to his chiropractic practice, including college tuition and numerous personal retail purchases.  For the 2008 tax year, CARPENTER took false deductions totaling $308,084, resulting in a tax loss of $106,395, and for the 2009 tax year, he took false deductions totaling $183,283, resulting in a tax loss of $81,199

Judge Bolden scheduled sentencing for September 7, 2016, at which time CARPENTER faces a maximum term of imprisonment three years.  CARPENTER has paid all back taxes, plus interest and penalties.

This matter has been investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher W. Schmeisser.

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Updated May 23, 2016