by Tim Church
OZARK, Mo. – A man from Ozark is indicted by a federal grand jury for filing false income tax returns.
United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tammy Dickinson reports 37-year-old Raheem McClain was charged in a three-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Springfield on February 23rd. The indictment was unsealed and made public following McClain’s arrest and initial court appearance on Tuesday, March 1st.
The federal indictment alleges that McClain posted an advertisement to Craigslist on January 16th, 2015 stating he would pay 750-dollars to anyone willing to let him claim their children on his income taxes as dependents.
On February 3rd, 2015 McClain allegedly filed a false federal tax return to be electronically signed and filed in his name for 2014, which he listed three dependents, two sons and one daughter, by name and Social Security number.
The following day, McClain submitted two additional federal tax returns in his name for 2012 and 2013 where he listed the same three dependents, but this time as two daughters and one son.
The charges contained in this indictment are simply accusation and not evidence of guilt, according to Dickinson. Evidence supporting the charges against McClain will be presented to a federal trial jury at a later date.