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A Heber City accountant was sentenced Wednesday to 6 ½ years in federal prison for filing false claims for income tax refunds and filing a false financial instrument.
U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups also fined Dick Reid Jenkins $250,340 in restitution and ordered him to serve three years probation after his release from prison.
Jenkins, a certified public accountant, was convicted in a June trial of 19 charges.
According to court documents, Jenkins claimed he was owed a $402,920 refund for the 2007 tax year and $434,261 for 2008. He also was charged with helping file 16 other returns with false claims for about $8.5 million with the use of a false IRS Form 1099-OID, Original Issue Discount.
And in 2008, Jenkins presented a false financial instrument in the amount of $300 million to the Department of Justice, court documents say.
The returns prompted an investigated by special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation.