Former police officer sentenced for filing false tax returns

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A former police office has been sentenced for filing false income tax returns with the IRS.

Eric Minshall, 37, of West Chester, has been sentenced to three years probation, with the first eight months to be served on electronic monitoring, ordered to pay $50,040 in restitution to the IRS and to serve 200 hours of community service.

Minshall previously pleaded guilty to the aforementioned charges on May 18, 2011.

According to court documents, Eric Minshall was a police officer for the City of St. Bernard between October 2008 and January 2011.  He resigned in January 2011 due to his pending federal criminal case.

For the 2004-2008 income tax years, Minshall created fictitious Forms W-2 for himself claiming false wages and false federal income tax withholdings that were reported on his federal income tax returns.  In total, Minshall prepared five false Forms W-2 claiming $51,648 in false federal income tax withholdings.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Springer and was investigated by special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation.