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Northern District of Ohio

Friday, August 26, 2016

Millersburg man indicted on tax charges

A Millersburg man was charged in a seven-count indictment with crimes related to fraudulently claiming more than $1.1 million in tax refunds to which he was not entitled, said U.S. Attorney Carole Rendon and Kathy A. Enstrom, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office.

Dennis Dean Miller was indicted on six counts of false claims and one count of obstructing internal revenue laws.

Miller falsely reported that financial institutions had withheld large amounts of federal income tax on income that did not exist in reality. He falsely filed for tax refunds of $1,121,420 for tax years 2006 through 2011, according to the indictment.

"Mr. Miller unlawfully manipulated the tax code for his own personal gain, reaping hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulently procured tax refunds," Enstrom said. “Taxpayers thinking about engaging in tax defier conduct, such as filing IRS Forms 1099-OID, Original Issue Discount, to avoid their federal tax obligations should think twice.”

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Henry F. DeBaggis following an investigation by the IRS.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after a review of the federal sentencing guidelines and factors unique to the case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record (if any), the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated August 26, 2016