Cincinnati man ordered to pay $600,000 for claiming false tax refunds

A Cincinnati man was sentenced Tuesday to a year in prison and ordered to pay more than $600,000 to the IRS for filing false claims for income tax refunds.

According to the court documents, Michael Bartlett, 35, prepared and filed false federal income tax returns from 2008 through 2011. Some of the forms claimed that Bartlett was employed by Siemens Business Services even though he left Siemens in 2005.

The forms claimed that he earned hundreds of thousands of dollars and that Bartlett had large amounts of income taxes withheld.

He deposited the false income tax refunds into his own bank account as well as the bank account of his wife.

Officials say the total of the false income tax refunds he claimed comes to $607,602 between 2008 and 2011. He claimed $89,939 in 2008, $172,027 in 2009, $147,507 in 2010 and $198,229 in 2011.

Bartlett was ordered to pay the entire $607,602 in restitution to the IRS. He was also sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Bartlett pleaded guilty to this charge on June 25.

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