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Vegas businessman pleads guilty in tax fraud case

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A Las Vegas business owner could be sentenced to up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to filing false income tax claims over a three-year span.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, Willie Joe Frink, 48, pleaded guilty to three counts of filing false claims against the United States for 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Frink failed to withhold any portion of his income he drew from his business Nevada State Builders. Instead, the IRS said, Frink falsely reported significant income and withholding for three income tax years, claiming a refund due of nearly $100,000.

The IRS said Frink claimed another refund for 2008 in the amount of more than $23,000.

Frink received refunds totaling $88,505 from the fraudulent claims.

Frink was slated for sentencing on June 18. He may also face a fine as well as prison time.

The IRS said Frink also agreed to pay back the money he received as part of his fraudulent claims.

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