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Evansville tax preparer convicted of submitting false tax claims

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The U.S. Attorney's office announced today that Steven W. Pirnat of Evansville has been convicted and sentenced to 37 months in federal prison after admitting that he conspired for three years to submit false tax claims to the Internal Revenue Service.

According U.S. Attorney, Joseph Hogsett, the false tax refunds cost taxpayers more than $222,000.

Officials say the 61 year old Pirnat provided tax preparation services in Vanderburgh County from 2009 to 2011. 

According to court documents, Pirnat was not a registered tax preparer with the IRS and did not have an identification number that would allow him to file tax returns on behalf of other people.  

Instead, Pirnat would file the tax returns he prepared and classify them as self-prepared.  It would then appear to the IRS that no tax professional was involved in preparing the returns.

Pirnat was ordered to fully replay the loss to taxpayers, and must serve three years of federally-supervised release at the end of his prison term. 

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