by Sam Clanton
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – An inmate in the Christian County Jail pleads guilty in federal court to his role in a conspiracy to file fraudulent income tax returns while incarcerated.
Forty-year-old John Sedersten admitted he conspired with others to prepare and submit false income tax returns in order to receive refunds to which his co-conspirators were not entitled.
According to court documents, Sedersten provided his co-conspirators with specific instructions regarding how to complete the false tax returns, listing wages not received, withholdings that had not been withheld, and false business expenses.
Sedersten provided his co-conspirators with an Employer Identification Number under which they could report the false wages. Most of the conspirators claimed to have received wages from JDS Enterprises, which is registered to Sedersten.
All of the false claims but one were halted by the IRS, and the one refund issued has been recovered. The plea agreement lists nine false claims filed by eight different individuals. The government believes the total amount of the false claims is just over 373-thousand dollars.
Under federal statutes, Sedersten is subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole.