St. Louis (KSDK) - A St. Peters, Missouri man was sentenced Friday in federal court for a fraudulent tax refund scheme.
Carey E. Herron, 30, was sentenced for conspiracy to defraud the IRS by submitting false tax returns to make false claims for tax refunds. He received 46 months in prison and three years of supervised release. He has also been ordered to cooperate with the IRS in assessment and allocation of income taxes and is not allowed to be a tax preparer in the future.
Court documents state Herron and another individual created a scheme to help others collect payments of refunds or false claims to the IRS from 2009 until April 2011.
Herron and his partner did business as Prime Time Tax Services. They falsified Schedule C information to inflate the amount of refund money the taxpayer was entitled to receive.
When the taxpayer received their refund check they would be escorted by a Prime Time Tax Services employee to a check cashing business to cash the check and pay the representative an extra fee of $500 in cash.
The total amount of money paid by the IRS for tax returns prepared by the company is around $2.5 million.