FAIRFIELD — A Vallejo man accused of trying to bilk the IRS out of nearly $3.4 million by filing fraudulent personal tax returns pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Sacramento to federal charges that could land him with a five-year prison sentence.
Kenneth Knockum, 46, was arrested Tuesday at his home, six days after a federal grand jury issued a three-count indictment charging Knockum with making three false claims for tax refunds.
In 2009, Knockum allegedly filed three tax returns claiming fictitious income, withholdings that he did not make, and refunds to which he was not entitled, according to court records. One return was filed electronically for tax year 2008 claiming a refund of $522,786. Two returns were submitted to different IRS locations for the tax year 2007, both claiming a $1,435,813 refund or more than $1.435 million, according to court records.
Knockum told a federal judge he wants to act as his own attorney. The judge set Knockum’s bail at $50,000 and ordered him back to court May 13.
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