ATLANTA -- An Atlanta man has been sentenced to three years and six months in federal prison for filing fake tax returns and claiming $1.2 million in refunds.
Eugene Gibbons was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty last July to two counts of aiding and abetting. He must also pay nearly $1.3 million in restitution.
According to information presented in court, the 65 year old prepared the fake returns at C & M Tax Service from 2002 to 2009. He claimed false deductions, expenses and credits to get fraudulent refunds for his clients, then received fees from them.
Gibbons had been convicted of filing false federal tax returns at least once before and admitted that he continued to make the phony claims after being released from prison the first time.
"This defendant's persistence in filing fraudulent tax returns despite knowing the consequences does not compare to the persistence of law enforcement in seeing through his lies and requiring him to face justice for his fraud," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement.