A Kansas farmer has been charged with receiving millions of dollars in tax refunds based on filing false tax returns.
Jerold D. Fisher, 47, Arma, Kan., is charged with one count of filing false claims. An information filed in Topeka alleges Fisher, who was the registered agent for Fisher Alfalfa Farms, prepared false tax returns both for himself and for his mother in order to receive tax refunds that were not owed to them.
For tax years 2006 through 2009, Fisher claimed he paid more than $3.9 million in federal withholding taxes on his earnings from Fisher Alfalfa Farms. In fact, the company had not filed employment tax returns or submitted any federal withholdings. As a result, he received a tax refund of more than $3.8 million.
For tax years 2008 and 2009, Fisher claimed his mother paid more than $442,000 on her earnings from Fisher Alfalfa Farms. In fact, Fisher Alfalfa Farms had not filed employment tax returns nor submitted any federal withholdings. As a result, she received a tax refund of more than $209,000.
If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
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