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Cleveland man sentenced to three years in prison for tax fraud

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

A Cleveland man was sentenced to three years in prison for fraudulently claiming nearly $140,000 in tax refunds, said Acting U.S. Attorney Carole S. Rendon and Kathy Enstrom, Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office.

Gerald D. Dotson, 45, previously pleaded guilty to three counts of making false claims.

Dotson filed a series of false tax returns during 2011, 2012 and 2013 claiming falsified wage income and tax credit information for individuals resulting in at least $139,675 in fraudulent refunds.

"As the tax-filing deadline approaches, this sentence should serve as a reminder that all of us are obligated to pay our fair share and not defraud the government," Rendon said.

“The nation’s tax system should not be seen as a free standing ATM for criminals to ransack at will for personal enrichment,” Enstrom said. “Honest taxpayers are the real victims with these schemes and IRS-CI will ensure those responsible are held accountable for their actions.”

Dotson was ordered to pay $139,675 in restitution.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney M. Kendra Klump following an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation.

Updated March 29, 2016