A Gloucester County man has been arrested and charged with filing false claims against the IRS.

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41-year-old Christian L. Whittaker of Williamstown was taken into custody on Thursday, according to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger.

Authorities say,

Whittaker knowingly and willfully prepared, electronically signed, and filed with the IRS false U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns (Forms 1040) for the tax years 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Whittaker knew the information contained in the returns was not true and correct as to every material matter. He used fraudulent income amounts and business losses to prepare the returns, which resulted in $372,278 in federal refunds being paid to or on behalf of Whittaker.

Sellinger's office says Whittaker also prepared, signed, and filed false state tax returns for those same years.

The charges each carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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