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Forsyth Man Sentenced For Passing Fraudulent Financial Instruments

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Georgia

G.F. Peterman, III, Acting United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Carmen Deck Trevitt, Jr., age 60, of Forsyth, Georgia, was sentenced today to serve 27 months in Federal prison for two counts of passing fraudulent financial instruments.  Mr. Trevitt was sentenced by the Honorable Marc T. Treadwell, United States District Judge, in Macon, Georgia. Judge Treadwell also ordered Mr. Trevitt to pay a $10,000.00 fine.

Mr. Trevitt entered a guilty plea to these charges on June 17, 2015.  His plea agreement stipulated that on September 23, 2011 and November 1, 2011, Mr. Trevitt submitted two separate fictitious obligations to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Macon, Georgia, to pay his liabilities.  The first document was in the amount of $700,000.00, payable to the “United States Treasury for Credit to the IRS” dated September 16, 2011. The second document submitted indicated the same payee as the previous one; however, the amount was listed as $500,000.00 and was dated October 26, 2011.  Both of the fictitious obligations, which purported to be “International Bills of Exchange”, had no financial value. 

The investigation was initiated in November 2011 by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). TIGTA agents reported that Mr. Trevitt had filed numerous frivolous documents with the IRS in an attempt to impede and obstruct the collection of approximately $645,000 in outstanding tax liabilities.  For example, Mr. Trevitt filed documents purportedly appointing various federal officials as fiduciaries and thus claiming to make these individuals responsible for his tax liabilities. He also submitted documents to the IRS declaring he and his spouse were deceased, thus stopping enforcement activities. 

“Anyone who owes the amount of taxes owed by Mr. Trevitt has obviously been blessed with great good fortune by the opportunities afforded by life in the United States. It is then sad and unfortunate to see such a person go to these great lengths to avoid the legitimate tax obligations expected from all the citizens of this great nation” said Acting U.S. Attorney G.F. “Pete” Peterman, III.

The case was investigated by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).  Assistant United States Attorney Sonja B. Profit prosecuted the case for the Government.

Questions concerning this case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603.

Updated February 4, 2016