LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas resident pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to filing false income tax returns against the United States for the years 2005 through 2007, said Shea Jones, acting special agent in charge of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation office.
According to the plea agreement, Willie Joe Frink, 48, owned and operated Nevada State Builders from 2004 through 2009. Frink drew a salary from the company but did not withhold any portion for federal income taxes or make required payments to the Treasury Department.
Frink claimed a refund of $99,084 for the years 2005 through 2007. He did this by creating W-2 forms that falsely claimed money had been withheld from his salary and paid to the United States towards his taxes when he knew this was not correct. In March 2009, he filed another tax return that claimed a $23,147 refund but was also based on false information.
Frink submitted a combined $122,231 in false claims to the Treasury Department.
Sentencing for Frink is scheduled for June 18. The defendant could face up to five years in prison. He also agreed to pay $88,505 in restitution, the amount he received from the government based on his false returns.
The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Las Vegas, with assistance from Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation.