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According to a press release by the Department of Justice, a DC police officer is facing prison time and a fine for tax fraud. After a 5-day trial, he was convicted of tax fraud after not only claiming that he was exempt from income tax withholding but he also filed false claims and submitted not one, but three false W-4 forms. In fact, the police officer, who used to go by the name of Jamal Adams and now goes by the name IshmealHeru-Bey, did not file income tax returns in time between 2005 and 2012 and instead falsely submitted the three W-4 forms. He also claimed deductions for vehicle mileage, meals, uniforms, and dry cleaning. However, he was on paid leave at the time he claimed these deductions so he was never entitled to them at all.

Indicted on Tax Fraud

According to WUSA, he was indicted on tax charges in March of this year. He also filed false tax returns in 2011 and 2014. The evidence from this showed that the tax loss for the years between 2005 and 2011 and for the year of 2014 was for over $90,000. Also, in 2010, he falsely filed documents that were signed under the penalties of perjury with the United States Bankruptcy Court for DC in which he failed to file his income tax returns.

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If Heru-Bey is convicted, he faces up to 13 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count. He will be sentenced on January 7, 2016. He actually failed to file the normal tax returns for 8 years. According to The Washington Post, the deductions he claimed were unreimbursed deductions and he would not have been entitled to them in the first place.

Submitted False Income Tax Returns

300px-US-InternalRevenueService-Seal.svg_222According to a Washington DC police spokesman, Heru-Bey has not been employed by the DC police department since August. According to the Post, he submitted those false income tax forms, the three W-4’s to keep the department from withholding taxes from his paycheck.

The special agents of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation that made the investigations and the Tax Division Trial Attorneys, Erin Pulice and Jeffrey McLellan, the prosecutors in the case got special commendations from Acting Assistant Attorney General, Cirolao.

Although he faces these criminal charges and the hefty fine of $250,000 for each count of tax fraud he committed, according to the press release, he is innocent until proven guilty just like anyone else.

Heru-Bey is from Glenarden, Maryland and has been convicted of trying to obstruct the Internal Revenue Service.

About Tax Fraud

Tax fraud is a very serious issue and one can be sent to prison and have to pay back all of the money they stole from the IRS. Tax fraud happens when someone fails to file their income tax forms on time or at all with the Internal Revenue Service for money made from the previous year from the job they are working at.