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Sauk Rapids Man Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison For Filing False Tax Returns

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

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of ADAM M. LASHINSKI, 41, to 15 months in prison for filing false tax returns. LASHINSKI, who pleaded guilty on June 25, 2019, was sentenced on October 21, 2019, before Senior Judge Paul A. Magnuson in U.S. District Court in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, LASHINSKI, who falsely claimed to be a certified public accountant, prepared and filed dozens of fraudulent federal and state individual income tax returns for his acquaintances between 2013 and 2015. LASHINSKI admitted to repeatedly filing returns in the names of the taxpayers that omitted taxable income and claimed false adjustments, deductions, and business expenses, which resulted in larger refunds than what the taxpayers were actually entitled to receive. The total tax loss was $208,550.00

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS, with assistance from the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert M. Lewis prosecuted this case.


Defendant Information:


Sauk Rapids, Minn.


  • Filing false tax returns, 1 count


  • 15 months in prison
  • One year of supervised release





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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600

Updated October 22, 2019