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Fort Atkinson man convicted of defrauding the IRS

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

A Fort Atkinson man was found guilty on Thursday of defrauding the IRS.

Gene Jirak, 42, was accused of submitting two false claims to the IRS asking for more than $100,000 in tax refunds.

Attorney's showed evidence during trial that Jirak claimed that financial institutions withheld taxes and then submitted fabricated tax documents supporting his claims.

They say Jirak filed the first as an amended joint tax return, used his ex-wife's name and Social Security number, and forged her signature.

When the IRS issued a refund check for more than $69,000, made payable to Jirak and his ex-wife, the IRS says he  forged his ex-wife's signature on the back of the check and deposited it into his bank account.

After a three-day federal trial and two hours of jury deliberation, Jirak was convicted of two counts of submitting false claims for tax refunds, one count of uttering a fraudulent treasury check, one count of mail fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft.

When sentenced, Jirak faces two years to 42 years in prison, a $1 million fine and 13 years of supervised release.

A sentencing date has not been set.

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