Surprise man gets 3 years for filing $1.6 million in false tax returns

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SURPRISE, Ariz. – A Surprise man was sentenced to a little over 3 years in prison for filing false tax returns between January 2006 and February 2009.

Russell Shawn Robinson, 36, was sentenced by a federal judge on Monday to 37 months in prison for his role in filing false tax returns to the United States and the State of Arizona.

Robinson also has to pay more than $800,000 in restitution. During a three-year span, he and two co-defendants, Porscha Tameka Atkins and Jaron Todd West, allegedly filed false income tax returns using fabricated names, addresses, employers and Social Security numbers.

Robinson and his co-defendants also allegedly claimed false deductions and credits such as medical expenses, charitable contributions, child care and mortgage interest, among other items.

“Robinson and his co-defendants lied on federal tax documents to satisfy their greed at the expense of the government and its law-abiding taxpayers,” U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke said.

Robinson, Atkins and West are accused of filing more than 100 false income tax returns and receiving about $1.6 million in refund payments from the Internal Revenue Service and the state.

Atkins is scheduled to be sentenced on April 18 and West will go on trial beginning March 1.