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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 22, 2014

Florida Man Sentenced For Filing False Claims With Internal Revenue Service



A Lighthouse Point, Florida, man was sentenced today to serve 12 months and one day in prison for filing a false claim for a tax refund with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer for the Southern District of Florida and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Ronald A. Cimino of the Justice Department’s Tax Division announced.

Bradley Bowman was also ordered to pay $300,403 in restitution to the IRS and to serve three years of supervised release. According to court documents, in 2009, Bowman submitted to the IRS a false individual income tax return for tax year 2005 that fraudulently claimed a refund of $299,024. Bowman engaged Penny Jones, who is currently serving 12 years in prison in a related case involving more than 380 false returns, to prepare this false return. Bowman fraudulently claimed his gross income was $447,036 and then falsely claimed that all of his income was withheld to satisfy his income tax liabilities. Bowman pleaded guilty to this charge on May 27.

The case was investigated by special agents of the IRS-Criminal Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bertha Mitrani for the Southern District of Florida and Trial Attorney Greg Bailey of the Tax Division.

Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found at the division website.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Updated March 12, 2015