Trumann Tax Preparer Sentenced for Filing False Claims

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arnold Chris Parker of Trumann has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes to serve 27 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.  The 35-year-old Parker has also been ordered to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service of $73,887.57.

Parker, a former employee of H&R Block and Jackson-Hewitt tax return preparations businesses, pled guilty in April to filing false claims.  Parker admitted that he had filed federal false income tax returns for other individuals based upon fraudulent Forms W-2, from false and non-existent employers, also prepared or altered by Parker.

A 2006 indictment alleged that Parker prepared income tax returns for H&R Block in Trumann in 2002 and for Jackson-Hewitt in Jonesboro in 2003.

The investigation was conducted by the IRS Criminal Investigation unit.