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July 23, 2014

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Las Vegas man pleads guilty to filing false tax claims

A Las Vegas man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to filing more than $120,000 in false tax claims between 2005 and 2009.

Willie Joe Frink, 48, pleaded guilty to three counts of filing false claims against the U.S., Internal Revenue Service officials said. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 18 and faces up to five years in prison, a fine or both.

According to the plea agreement, Frink owned Nevada State Builders from 2004 to 2009. During that time, he did not file his salary for federal income taxes or make any payments, officials said.

He then submitted false tax returns for $99,084 in refunds between 2005 and 2007, officials said. He filed another fraudulent income tax return in March 2009 and claimed a $23,147 refund, officials said.

In total, Frink collected $88,505 from the fraudulent claims, officials said. He must pay that amount in restitution, officials said.

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