New Berlin — A New Berlin man was sentenced to 10 days in jail, plus 18 months with work release privileges and two years of probation after pleading guilty to three charges of filing false tax returns.

David Swanson, 40, was sentenced Jan. 19, in Waukesha County Circuit Court on three misdemeanor charges stemming from fraudulently receiving $6,008 in state income tax refunds using fictitious W-2 forms.

According to the criminal complaint, Swanson asked his employer not to withhold state income taxes
from his paychecks from 2013 to 2015. Swanson then electronically submitted his state income tax returns to the
Wisconsin Department of Revenue with fictitious W-2 forms showing he had state income tax withheld from his wages.

The criminal charges were filed by the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office after an investigation by special agents from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue's Office of Criminal Investigation.

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