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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Metro-East Resident Pleads Guilty To Participating In Fraudulent Tax Refund Scheme

Case Is One of Many Prosecuted By United States Attorney Wigginton Aimed at Those Who Commit Tax Fraud

Sylvin Baker, 58, from East St. Louis, pled guilty to one count of making a false claim for a federal tax refund in submitting a false federal income tax return, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Baker faces a prison sentence of up to 5 years, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to 3 years’ supervised and mandatory restitution. Baker was indicted with three other metro east individuals for participating in a tax refund scheme. Sentencing has been set for May 22, 2015.

The prosecution is the result of an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service/Criminal Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Norman R. Smith.

Updated February 19, 2015