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District of Kansas

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hutchinson Woman Sentenced On False Tax Claim, Firearms Charges

WICHITA, KAN. -  A Hutchinson woman was sentenced to three years on supervised release and ordered to pay more than $19,000 in restitution for filing false tax returns and violating a federal law prohibiting her from having a gun, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Rhonda J. Simmons, 41, Hutchinson, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of presenting a false tax claim and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. In her plea, she admitted that on April 15, 2012, she prepared a false income tax return seeking a refund of $3,014.

On Aug. 14, 2012, the Hutchinson Police Department executed a search warrant on the residence where she was living in Hutchinson. They seized a 20 gauge shotgun belonging to Simmons. She was prohibited from possessing a firearm because she had been convicted of a felony in 2007 in Georgia.

Grissom commended the Internal Revenue Service, the Hutchinson Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster for their work on the case.

Updated July 27, 2015