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Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud Scheme

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051
BUFFALO, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that James Chatmon, 36, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service by making false claims for income tax refunds, was sentenced to 18 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The defendant was also ordered to pay $102,149.00 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and $2,939 to the NYS Department of Finance.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross, who handled the case, stated that Chatmon gathered biographical information from more than a dozen individuals which he then used to generate false W-2 forms. The individuals then used the forms to file false Federal and New York State income tax returns. Claims for refunds and credits were made on 17 tax returns, even though the persons filing the returns were not entitled to any refunds.

Proceeds totaling $105,088 were divided between Chatmon and the tax-return filers during the scheme, which took place between January 2010 and April 2013.  The total attempted loss figure exceeds $120,000, as some of the false returns did not result in refunds.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Special Agent-In-Charge Shantelle P. Kitchen.

Updated November 17, 2015