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Bridgeville Man Sentenced Years After Filing False Tax Returns

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WILMINGTON, Del. - A Bridgeville man has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison for making false claims and laundering money, the U.S. attorney for the district of Delaware announced Thursday.

According to Charles Oberly, 44-year-old Gerald Nocks was sentenced Wednesday. He will also be on supervised release for three years after his incarceration and pay $162,201 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

The attorney's office says Nocks pleaded guilty on April 15, 2015, to one count of conspiring to make false claims against the government and one count of money laundering. 

According to statements made in open court and filed documents, Nocks caused 16 false tax return forms to be mailed to the IRS in the names of six fictitious corporations for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010. The documents and court proceedings indicate the forms were mailed in March and April 2011.

Each fake return claimed about $160,000 in gross income and a tax of $2,000. However, they also claimed about $14,000 in fuel tax credits, offsetting the tax due and resulting in a $12,000 refund.

The attorney's office says the 16 false claims amounted to $198,441. Before the scheme was detected, Nocks received 13 refund checks in April 2011 totaling $162, 201. The court documents show he then laundered those proceeds through various bank accounts before wiring $150,000 to a settlement table in Georgia for the purchase of a home, where he was living at the time his fraudulent actions were detected.

“IRS Criminal Investigation is diligent when it comes to enforcing the laws directed at those who attempt to defraud our nation’s tax system," said Akeia Conner, Special Agent in Charge of Philadelphia Field Office. “Today’s sentencing shows how seriously the courts take federal tax crimes and it should serve as a deterrent to those who might contemplate similar fraudulent actions."

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