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Lobbyist Pleads Guilty to Filing A False Tax Return

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

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An Alexandria man pleaded guilty today to willfully filing a false tax return.

According to court documents, James F. Miller, 67, underreported his gross income on his 2010 through 2014 tax returns by approximately $2,215,587. Miller, a tax policy lobbyist and former employee of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, filed multiple false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). These returns omitted substantial portions of the partnership income he received from two law firms he worked at and the gross receipts of his own lobbying firm. The total tax loss resulting from Miller’s fraudulent conduct was approximately $735,933.

Miller pleaded guilty to willfully filing a false tax return and faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison when sentenced on September 27. In addition, Miller agreed to pay $753,933 restitution to the IRS. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richard E. Zuckerman, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, and Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Washington, D.C. Field Office, IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) made the announcement after Senior U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan S. Faulconer and Trial Attorney Terri-Lei O’Malley of the Justice Department’s Tax Division are prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:19-cr-178.


Joshua Stueve
Director of Communications

Updated June 21, 2019