- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A 59-year-old Mansfield man has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for filing a false federal income tax return.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, in a news release Thursday, said U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. sentenced Richard Z. Johnson Jr. Wednesday. He also was sentenced to one year of supervised release and ordered to pay $275,184 in restitution of his back taxes.

At his September guilty plea, Johnson reported a total income of $126,197 on his 2011 federal tax return but failed to report additional income in the amount of $78,717. The plea agreement covers full restitution of all delinquent back taxes, including interest and penalties.

Finley says filing false returns is a serious crime that her office will continue to pursue and prosecute.


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