LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – R. Alexander Acosta, Uni…

LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; and Brian J. Wimpling, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Criminal Investigation Division, announced today that defendant, David Ellis Klingelsmith, Senior, of Stuart, Florida, made his initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Frank J. Lynch, Jr. in Ft. Pierce, Florida. On May 25, 2006 a grand jury sitting in Ft. Pierce, Florida returned a sealed Indictment charging Klingelsmith with ten (10) counts of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the due administration of the IRS, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7212(a) and two (2) counts of willfully making false statements or representations in an official matter, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001. If convicted, Klingelsmith faces a maximum statutory term of imprisonment of three (3) years for each obstruction count and a maximum statutory term of imprisonment of five (5) years for each false statement count.

The Indictment charges that Klingelsmith, in his capacity as a tax return preparer/representative, obstructed the IRS by preparing and filing on behalf of various clients fraudulent federal income tax returns containing false deductions and expenses. The Indictment further charges Klingelsmith with providing false information to IRS officials and of failing to provide his clients’ business and personal records and receipts to the IRS. As alleged in the Indictment, on two separate occasions Klingelsmith sent his clients letters purporting to be from the IRS.

Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Beth Sreenan.

A copy of all press releases 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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