Kan. man pleads guilty to false tax returns

TOPEKA, Kansas — A Crawford County man has plead guilty to filing false federal tax returns in which he profited in millions of dollars of refunds. In addition, the defendant agreed to an order of restitution of more than $4 million.

Jerold D. Fisher, 49, of Arma, Kansas, pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false federal tax return. He admitted to fixing false returns for himself and his mother from 2006 to 2009 while working as a registered agent for Fisher Alfalfa Farms.

He started to test the tax system by filing false income tax returns claiming Fisher Alfalfa Farms had withheld taxes from his wages and paid them to the federal treasury. As a result, he wrongly received a refund upwards of $17,000. As he continued to push the limits of the tax system, at his peak he claimed withholding of more than $3.8 million on income of more than $8 million.

Fisher’s sentencing is set for May 27 and the parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of 36 months in federal prison.

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