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Metropolis Man Sentenced for Preparing False Tax Returns

METROPOLIS – A Metropolis man has been sentenced to one year in prison for assisting in the preparation of false federal tax returns.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois Friday, court records showed that 55-year-old Shawn Nowlin was an unauthorized tax preparer and operated under various names, including Snowlin Tax and Prep, LLC.

From 2014 to 2018, Nowlin prepared 291 federal tax returns and falsified wage and withholding amounts and other W-2 information, resulting in a loss to the United States of nearly $2 million.

IRS Criminal Investigations investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman R. Smith prosecuted the case.