3rd Circ. Orders Redo Of CPA's Tax Fraud Prison Sentence

Law360, New York (March 15, 2017, 8:47 PM EDT) -- The Third Circuit on Wednesday vacated a certified public accountant's four-year prison sentence for his scheme to pocket money from bogus tax refunds he got for his clients, ruling that a New Jersey federal court failed to address a dispute over the government's tax loss calculation.

A three-judge panel vacated and remanded the prison sentence for Courtney Johnson, which was issued after a jury in June 2015 convicted him of six counts tied to a scheme to file fraudulent tax returns on behalf of his clients. The circuit court affirmed Johnson's conviction but ordered the district court to resentence him, pointing...

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