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November 28, 2014

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Crime:

North Las Vegas man’s taxes land him in prison

A North Las Vegas man received four years in prison on Thursday for his guilty pleas to filing fraudulent tax returns using other people’s names, said Daniel Bogden, U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Joseph Glendon Austin, 35, pled guilty on Feb. 21 to one count of presenting a false claim to the United States and one count of aggravated identity theft.

According to the guilty plea, Austin obtained the personal information of an unnamed tax preparer’s clients in 2009. He then filed a tax return using one of the identities — including falsified income, withholding and other information — and received $4,147.

Austin continued to file multiple false tax returns using the various identities and claimed refunds in the form of refund anticipation loans placed on debit cards, Bogden said.

Austin will serve four years in prison along with three years of supervised release. He must also pay restitution of just under $65,000 to the IRS.

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