Anchorage man sentenced for filing false tax returns

Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for filing false tax returns.

Donald J. Briscoe, 40, was sentenced to 46 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick,

Sedwick also ordered Briscoe to pay $10,490 in restitution.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Briscoe filed 25 false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service and committed identify theft.

Briscoe was convicted of submitting the false tax returns and collecting refunds using names of people who were dead or incarcerated in the Alaska prison system in 1998 and 1999.

In a plea deal in October, Briscoe agreed to be sentenced based on the 25 false tax returns plus 23 counts of identify theft. The government said Briscoe's total theft through fraud was $272,500.

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