A 62-year-old Friendship is charged with two counts of filing false income tax returns. The indictment alleges that Rennell West underreported his business income on his 2007 and 2008 income tax returns filed with the Internal Revenue Service.
The indictment also charges him with obstructing the administration of the internal revenue laws by deleting QuickBooks files for Family Affair restaurant, which were responsive to an IRS summons, prior to providing them to the IRS agent conducting the civil audit.
If convicted, West faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison and a $100,000 fine on each count of filing a false income tax return, and three years in federal prison and a $5,000 fine on the obstruction charge.
The charges against him are the result of an investigation by IRS Criminal Investigation.
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