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Man punished for failing to appear for sentencing

A Shreveport man has been sentenced to 24 months in prison with 1 year of supervised release for failing to appear for sentencing on a tax fraud charge.
A Shreveport man has been sentenced to 24 months in prison with 1 year of supervised release for failing to appear for sentencing on a tax fraud charge.

Leo Vinson, 40, pleaded guilty in Sept. 2011 to filing fraudulent tax returns and was allowed to remain free on bond.

According to evidence, Vinson prepared 22 Form 1040 tax returns containing false information in early 2009 for tax year 2008. He claimed $91,141 in refunds, but received $79,396 from the Internal Revenue Service.

Vinson received between $1,000 and $1,500 per tax return on average. He would recruit inmates from different prisons to supply Social Security Numbers for the false returns and paid them $100 for their information.

Vinson failed to appear for sentencing in Nov. 2011 and a warrant was issued for his arrest.  Nearly 2 years later Vinson was arrested in Oct. 2013 in South Dakota. He had been traveling on a bus headed for Seattle, Washington.


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