A Gloucester County man has admitted filing false federal tax returns and now potentially faces several years in prison.

  • 42-year-old Christian L. Whittaker of Williamstown is facing one count of making false claims against the IRS.
  • Based on the false claims, the IRS paid more than $300,000 in refunds to Whittaker.
  • More than $80,000 was paid by the IRS and garnished to pay debts that Whittaker had previously incurred.

According to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger's office, Whittaker knowingly and willfully prepared, electronically signed, and filed with the IRS false U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns for tax years 2016 to 2019.

Whittaker claimed that a business paid him significant wages and incurred substantial losses, when in fact the business didn't actually exist.

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Whittaker now faces up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 13th.

Sellinger credited special agents with the IRS with the investigation that lead to Whittaker's plea.

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