Tax Fraud Refund by Guilty Iowa Man Results in Prison Time

A man who submitted two false claims to the IRS seeking more than $100,000 in tax refunds was sentenced to more than three and a half years in federal prison.

Gene Jirak, 43, of Ft. Atkinson, Iowa, was convicted of two counts of submitting false claims for tax refunds, one count of uttering a fraudulent treasury check, one count of mail fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft.

The evidence at trial showed that Jirak devised a scheme to defraud the United States by filing two tax returns claiming he was entitled to a refund of more than $50,000 for each return.

To support these fraudulent tax refund claims, Jirak submitted fabricated tax documents purportedly issued by banks and used his ex-wife’s Social Security number, forging her signature.

In response to that first fraudulent tax return, the IRS issued a tax refund check in the amount of more than $69,000, made payable to Jirak and his ex-wife. Jirak signed the back of the check, forged his ex-wife’s signature on the back of the check, and deposited it into his bank account.

Jirak was sentenced to 45 months in prison.

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