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Man Admits To Trafficking Meth, Preparing False Tax Returns

U.S. Federal Court in Hartford.
U.S. Federal Court in Hartford. Photo Credit: File

A convict in Connecticut is facing more time behind bars after admitting to drug trafficking and tax offenses in court.

Middletown resident Eugene Carlin pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and one count of aiding in the preparation of false tax returns.

An investigation into Carlin led to two controlled purchases of methamphetamine by law enforcement officials. It was later discovered that, for more than a year, Carlin worked with others to distribute the drug in the area.

Further investigation into Carlin found that he ran a tax preparation business from his home, and that he helped clients prepare and file false tax returns with the IRS.

U.S. Attorney John Durham noted that in 2007, Carlin was convicted of tax evasion, and aiding in the preparation of false tax returns. That conviction also involved him helping clients file false returns. In August that year, Carlin was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison, followed by six months of home confinement.  He also agreed to permanently refrain from preparing tax returns for other people.

Carlin, 58, is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 16 next year, when he will face a maximum term of 43 years in prison. He has also agreed to forfeit $100,000, which represents his proceeds from the sale of methamphetamine.

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