Gila County man sentenced to 24 months in prison for filing false tax return

PHOENIX – On Aug. 27, 2018, Nathaniel Dominick Myers was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell to 24 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release. On June 5, 2018, Myers pleaded guilty to false fictitious or fraudulent claim.

According to his plea agreement, on April 4, 2016, Myers prepared and e-filed a false Form 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return for the tax year 2015 claiming a tax refund in the amount of $6,274,633. He electronically transmitted the false tax return from a computer located within a residence on East Timber Drive in Payson, Arizona. Upon receiving a refund check in the amount of $6,306,947.52, Myers took it to a BBVA Compass Bank branch in Payson and deposited it into his personal checking account.

According to a petition filed by a U.S. Pretrial Services Officer, on December 28, 2017, while on pre-trial release, Myers was arrested by the Globe Police Department for attempted arson of an occupied structure. A sergeant with the Globe Police Department advised the defendant set fire to the Globe Police Station.

The investigation in this case was conducted by Internal Revenue Service- Criminal Investigation.

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