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Smith County Man Sentenced for Federal Income Tax Violation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Texas

TYLER, Texas – A Whitehouse, Texas, man has been sentenced for a federal income tax violation in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.

Anthony D. Klein, 48, pleaded guilty on March 30, 2022, to attempting to evade or defeat tax and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle.  Klein was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $404,292 to the IRS.

According to information presented in court, for tax year 2016, Klein filed an IRS Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, with the Internal Revenue Service.  On that form, he claimed that he had no taxable income and that he was entitled to credits in the amount of $5,836.00.  In fact, he had taxable income of approximately $538,188.07 for tax year 2016.  In filing the return, Klein intended to evade and defeat the payment of income tax that was due and owing to the United States. 

Klein admitted that the tax loss for tax year 2016 is $194,780; for tax year 2017 is $98,431.00; for tax year 2018 is $74,191.00; and for tax year 2019 is $36,890.00, for a total tax loss of $404,292.00.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan R. Jackson.


Updated December 6, 2022