Man sentenced for boldly, fraudulently increasing tax return by $820,000

SEATTLE -- A 69-year-old Redmond man has been sentenced to one year in prison for his alliterative and hilariously bold tax-fraud scheme to bilk the U.S. Government out of more than $800,000.

Frank F. Frink was charged with filing a false, fictitious and fraudulent tax claim back in September 2012. He pleaded guilty this March and was sentenced Wednesday.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, in 2009 a tax preparer hired to handle Frink's 2008 return calculated he was owed a refund of $7,413.

Apparently unsatisfied by that sum, Frink instead went to an H & R Block branch armed with bogus forms indicating more than $1 million had been withheld from him. H & R Block calculated he was therefore owed a return of $827,117 -- more than 100 times his actual return amount.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the IRS did not catch the fraud immediately and issued Frink his impressively exaggerated return, which he used to buy a $48,000 car and some other things.

Even an eventual visit from a federal revenue agent didn't deter Frink, who continued to spend his tax return money instead of returning it.

After Wednesday's sentencing, Frink is required to report to prison Sept. 24, giving him some time to be treated for various health issues, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

After serving his sentence, Frink will undergo three years of supervised release. And, I'm reminded of this classic Homer Simpson quote: "You know a D turns into a B so easily. You just got greedy."