TMCNet:  Topekan sentenced for false tax returns [Topeka Capital Journal (KS)]

[February 07, 2012]

Topekan sentenced for false tax returns [Topeka Capital Journal (KS)]

(Topeka Capital Journal (KS) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) A Topeka tax return preparer has been sentenced to 51 months in federal prison for filing false federal income tax returns, U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom said Tuesday.

John Karundo Mukundi, 33, pleaded guilty to 14 counts of making false claims and 12 counts of wire fraud. In his plea, he admitted he obtained tax preparation software from Tax Wise and used it to submit fraudulent tax returns electronically to the Internal Revenue Service.

Mukundi used the tax returns to obtain advance payments of refunds through refund anticipation loans and refund transfers from banks.

He used the names and Social Security numbers of real people who weren't aware that he was using their identities to file false income tax returns.

Mukundi was ordered to pay more than $209,000 in restitution.

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