DC police officer convicted of tax fraud

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A Metropolitan police officer was convicted Wednesday of tax fraud after a five-day trial, the Department of Justice announced in a press release.

Ishmeal Heru-Bey, formerly known as Jamal Adams, of Glenarden, Md. was convicted of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), officials said.

Heru-Bey did not file individual income tax returns on time between 2005 and 2012. Instead he submitted three false IRS forms W-4 and falsely claimed he was exempt from income tax withholding.

He was indicted on tax charges in March 2015 and filed false tax returns for 2011 and 2014. Heru-Bey claimed deductions in connection to unreimbursed employee expenses, such as uniforms, dry cleaning, vehicle mileage and meals.

Officials said he was not supposed claim those expenses because he was on paid leave from the police department at the time. Evidence showed that the tax loss for the years 2005 through 2011 and for 2014 was over $90,000.

According to officials Heru-Bey is scheduled to be sentenced on January 7, 2016. He could face up to a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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