Los Angeles – Today, in the United States District Court before Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen, Dion Jones of Westchester was sentenced to two years federal prison for filing false claims with the IRS (Internal Revenue Service).
Jones, 47, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $92,854 in restitution.
Jones previously pleaded guilty on February 11, 2011, after being indicted on three counts of making fraudulent claims to the United States and conspiracy to defraud the government. The charges are related to a tax return scheme that Jones, along with another conspirator, operated over an 18-month period that ended in September 2007.
According to the indictment, Jones recruited individuals to file tax returns that sought tax refunds based on fictitious gambling winnings and losses. False IRS Forms W-2G were given to tax return preparers, along with other information, for use in preparing false tax returns. The tax returns filed with the IRS claimed refunds, based upon fictitious gambling winnings, losses and withholdings, which Jones and his co-conspirators were not entitled to receive.
South Los Angeles County Man sentenced to One year in prison for Filing a False Claim:
Los Angeles- In a similar case, on March 14, 2011, in United States District Court, before Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen, Kimanthi Douglas, from South Los Angeles, was sentenced to one year and a day in prison for filing a false claim against the United States.
Douglas, 39, was also sentenced to one year of supervised release and ordered to pay $44,140 in restitution.
On December 3, 2010, Douglas entered his guilty plea to one count of making a fraudulent claim with the United States. According to his plea agreement, Douglas admitted that during the year 2005, he and other conspirators, knowingly caused a fraudulent tax return to be filed in his name with the IRS. Specifically, the 2004 Tax Return falsely claimed that taxes of $44,140 had been withheld from him as a result of gambling winnings of $176,561. The 2004 Tax Return also falsely claimed that Douglas sustained gambling losses of $176,561. As a result, the 2004 Tax Return falsely claimed a tax refund of $44,140. At the time of filing, Douglas knew that the gambling winnings and losses reported on his tax return were false, and that he was not entitled to the refund claimed on the 2004 Tax Return.
Riverside Woman pleads guilty to filing a false claim:
Los Angeles- In a similar case, on June 13, 2011, in United States District Court before Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen, Brenda Kay Moses, of Riverside, pleaded guilty to one count making a false claim against the United States.
According to the plea agreement, Moses, 57, on March 25, 2006, in concert with at least one other conspirator, knowingly caused a false 2005 tax return to be filed in her name with the IRS. The 2005 tax return falsely claimed that taxes of $46,573 had been withheld from her as a result of gambling winnings of $186,294. The 2005 tax return claimed a fraudulent refund of $46,573.
Sentencing is scheduled for September 12, 2011 at 9:00AM before Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen.
The maximum sentence the court can impose is five years imprisonment; a three-year period of supervised release; a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross loss resulting from the offense, whichever is greatest.
The investigations of Dion Demitri Jones, Kimanthi Douglas, and Brenda Kay Moses were conducted by IRS – Criminal Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.
United States Attorney’s Office Contact: Dennis Mitchell (213) 894-2484