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LITTLETON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FILING FRAUDULENT FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURN

 LITTLETON MAN PLEADS GUILTY
 TO FILING FRAUDULENT FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURN
 DENVER, April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- United States Attorney Michael J. Norton announced yesterday that Gregory S. Westlake plead guilty to Count I of a three count indictment. Count I charges the defendant with filing a false and fraudulent Federal Individual Income Tax Return for 1987 in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(1). Westlake agreed to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service in the amount of $2,452.97.
 An indictment filed in U.S. District Court on Jan. 30, 1992, stated that Westlake, a resident of Littleton, Colo. did knowingly and willingly file false and fraudulent U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns for 1987, 1988 and 1989. Westlake substantially overstated his Federal income tax withheld for those years. This is the first case prosecuted in the State of Colorado that involves a Federal tax return which was electronically filed.
 According to IRS officials, the Electronic Filing system was created to facilitate and expedite the filing and processing of Federal Income Tax Returns. With its growth, the program has attracted fraudulent filers.
 Anticipating this problem, the Internal Revenue Service has directed its attention toward schemes involving Electronic Filing. As it learns new information about schemes, the IRS makes the program even more effective in identifying and intercepting such schemes.
 In addition, the professional tax community is increasing its ability to detect suspicious returns. Preparers, transmitters and banks arranging refund anticipation loans spot dubious patterns or trends and alert IRS. This involvement by other parties presents a problem for fraudulent filers of Electronic returns that does not exist for paper return filers.
 According to Norton, Westlake faces a maximum penalty of not more than three years in prison, a fine of not more than $250,000 or both.
 Under the law, persons convicted of criminal tax offenses, in addition to any criminal sentence imposed, are required to pay tax, civil penalties and interest determined to be due.
 This investigation was conducted by Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division.
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 /CONTACT: Rosemary Campbell of the Internal Revenue Service, 303-844-3329/ CO: Internal Revenue Service ST: Colorado IN: SU:


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