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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

St. Louis County Man Sentenced On Tax And Weapons Charges

St. Louis, MO – JOEY D. WOOD was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison for filing four false tax returns for himself and two others, claiming false tax refunds for tax years 2011 and 2012.  He was also ordered to pay restitution of $185,162.

According to court documents, Wood, who was engaged in the business of preparing income tax returns for individuals, filed false tax returns for himself claiming refunds for 2011 and 2012. He also filed false returns claiming refunds for two other people for 2011.   Additionally, on May 17, 2013, Wood was in possession of a firearm.  Due to a previous felony conviction, he is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms.

"Refunds are issued to taxpayers who are entitled to them.  IRS Criminal Investigation will continue to pursue those who file false refunds claims for the sole purpose of enriching themselves," said Sybil Smith, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation.

Wood, St. Louis County, Missouri, pled guilty last November to four felony counts of making false statements to the government and one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He appeared yesterday for sentencing before United States District Judge Catherine D. Perry. 

This case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation, the St. Louis County Police Department and the Missouri Department of Revenue. Assistant United States Attorney Steven Muchnick handled the case for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Updated March 19, 2015