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Clarksville man pleads guilty to filing false tax returns

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A Clarksville, TN, man pleaded guilty earlier this week on charges relating to a false claim for a federal income tax refund, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

James Robert Sanford, 53, pleaded guilty Monday to filing a false claim for a federal income tax refund and to aiding and abetting in the filing of a false claim for a federal income tax refund.

Sanford was indicted in November 2011 by a federal grand jury in Nashville and charged with six counts of filing false tax returns. According to the indictment, Sanford prepared and filed 2006 and 2007 federal income tax returns for himself and his spouse, knowing that the returns were false, fictitious, and fraudulent. These returns claimed refunds of $5,774 and $4,276, respectively.

The indictment also alleged that Sanford prepared and filed false income tax returns for other individuals for calendar year 2006. These returns claimed refunds ranging from $3,490.00 to $7,128 and Sanford knew these returns were fraudulent as well.

Sanford will be sentenced before Chief Judge William J. Haynes, Jr. on April 8, 2013, and faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.

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