SANTA ANA – A former Costa Mesa resident was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison Monday for filing fraudulent tax returns on behalf of clients seeking large refunds from the government.
Ronald Vernon Strawn, 69, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana. Strawn was ordered to pay $1.9 million in restitution to the IRS and spend a year on supervised release following his prison term.
In July 2013, Strawn pleaded guilty to three counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of fraudulent tax returns, according to IRS officials.
Strawn filed federal income tax returns in 2005 and 2006 on behalf of clients which listed false business losses, reducing taxable income by as much as $201,500 per return.
Strawn has remained in federal custody since his arrest in Arizona in April of 2012.
By SCOTT SCHWEBKE / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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