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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vallejo Man Arrested For Falsely Claiming More Than $3 Million In Tax Refunds

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Federal agents arrested Kenneth Knockum, 46, today at his home in Vallejo, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment on April 24, 2014, charging Knockum with making false claims for tax refunds on federal income tax returns.

According to the indictment, in 2009, Knockum filed three tax returns claiming fictitious income that he did not receive, withholdings that he did not make and refunds to which he was not entitled. One return was filed electronically for tax year 2008 claiming a refund of $522,786. Two returns were submitted to different IRS locations for the tax year 2007, both claiming a $1,435,813 refund.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation with assistance from the Vallejo Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Sherry Hartel Haus is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Knockum faces a statutory penalty of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Docket #: 2:14-cr-115 JAM
Updated April 8, 2015