Iowa Man Sentenced in Tax Refund Fraud Case

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By Belinda Yeung

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A northeast Iowa man has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for submitting two false claims to the IRS seeking over $100,000 in tax refunds.

The U.S. attorney's office says 43-year-old Gene Jirak, of Fort Atkinson, was sentenced on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. He was convicted of several charges, including submitting false claims for tax refunds and mail fraud.

Prosecutors say Jirak devised a scheme by filing two tax returns claiming he was entitled in each return to a refund of over $50,000. Authorities say Jirak filed the first tax return as an amended joint return, using his ex-wife's name and Social Security number and forging her signature.

Jirak was released on bond and is to surrender to the U.S. Marshal on Nov. 5.
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