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Toms River Man Admits Forging Documents to Evade IRS

A Toms River man admitted in federal court on Tuesday that he forged and transmitted documents to evade a federal tax lien, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Charles W. Jarvis, 59, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper in Trenton federal court to one count of corruptly endeavoring to impede and impair the administration of the Internal Revenue Code.

According to court documents,

Jarvis and his wife incurred a federal tax liability of $76,676 due to insufficient tax withholdings in 2009 and 2010.

The IRS eventually filed a tax lien against a piece of property that Jarvis’ wife had inherited from her deceased mother’s estate. Jarvis’ wife then contracted to sell the property to a third party, but could not transfer title due to the tax lien. Jarvis forged a “Notice of Tax Lien Release” and a letter purportedly from the IRS falsely claiming that the tax liability had been paid and the lien discharged.

Jarvis then sent the forged documents to the real estate attorney handling the sale of the property, who provided the documents to the title agent. The sale of the property closed even though the tax lien had not been satisfied.

he count to which Jarvis pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 7.

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