10 August – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – R. Alexander Ac…

10 August – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Brian Wimpling, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, announced today that defendant, Roger C. Farrell, Jr., was sentenced to thirty (30) months imprisonment, followed by three (3) years of supervised release on a charge of conspiracy to make and present fraudulent claims against the United States, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 286. Farrell was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $217,456 to Santa Barbara Bank & Trust in California, and $112,534 to the Internal Revenue Service, a total of $329,990.

On April 28, 2005, Farrell pled guilty to a one (1) count Information against him. The Information alleged that from approximately January 2002 through May 2002, Farrell participated in a conspiracy to file false federal income tax returns claiming fraudulent refund claims. The scheme involved recruiting individuals to obtain their Social Security numbers and other identifying information and then filing federal income tax returns for those individuals. The scheme also involved using fraudulent Forms W-2 to support the false income information on the returns. The Information further alleged that the members of the conspiracy would profit by retaining a portion of the tax refunds that had been fraudulently obtained on behalf of the recruited individuals.

Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Hugo Black.

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 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 www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on .

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