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

HAMMOND – United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, David Capp, announced that Michael Nash, 40, of Gary, Indiana was sentenced today for conspiracy to defraud the United States in respect to filing false federal tax returns claims and aggravated identity theft.

Nash was sentenced to 6 years (72 months) imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $739,305.00 in restitution.

According to documents filed in this case, Nash filed almost 200 false tax returns for the year 2009 by claiming a larger earned income credit for his clients.  This caused the IRS to issue larger refunds than should have been paid.  Nash then prepared 87 tax returns for the year 2008 using many of his clients’ personal information without their knowledge.  Nash defrauded the IRS in the total amount of $739,305.00.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gary T. Bell.

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Updated May 20, 2015