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Sparta man indicted for filing false tax returns

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) jointly announced today that an indictment was unsealed yesterday charging a Sparta, Ky., man with filing false tax returns.

The indictment alleges that Meredith L. Lawrence, 61, filed false tax returns in 2005, 2006, and 2007. According to the indictment, Lawrence’s income was greater than he reported on his returns.

Lawrence was arraigned yesterday and entered a plea of not guilty to each count of the indictment. Trial is scheduled for December 21, 2011.

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the IRS. The indictment was presented to the grand jury by Assistant United States Attorneys Elaine K. Leonhard and Robert K. McBride.

If convicted, Lawrence faces a maximum prison sentence of three years. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the United States Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of sentences.