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July 5, 2015

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Retired Henderson firefighter gets prison time for dodging taxes

Five years after retiring from the Henderson Fire Department, Dwight Jackson is going to prison for tax evasion and filing fictitious tax returns.

Jackson was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay $177,310 to the IRS in restitution after a jury found him guilty on five counts of willful tax evasion and one count of filing a false and fictitious tax return, said Daniel Bogden, U.S. attorney for the district of Nevada.

From 2004 to 2008, the 53-year-old Henderson resident worked as a Henderson firefighter earning more than $113,000 a year. During that time, he attempted to evade the federal taxes he owed by understating his salary, falsely claiming his earned tax credit and other fraudulent measures, Bogden said.

In 2009, Jackson knowingly presented a false tax return with a W-2 form claiming he earned no wages, when he had earned $247,492 from the city of Henderson, Bogden said.

James Mattatal, a Southern California man whom Jackson met at a sovereign citizen’s meeting, helped him file the fraudulent tax returns, Bogden said. Sovereign citizens do not recognize U.S. currency and believe most forms of taxation are illegitimate, Bogden said.

Jackson must report to federal prison by July 24 to serve his sentence.

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  1. Another greedy government employee not paying his fair share.

  2. There's 2 things you have to do in life, #1 pay taxes, #2 die , those 2 things you will do in your life.