Date: June 14, 2021 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Metropolis, IL — Shawn Nowlin, of Metropolis, Illinois, has been sentenced to one year in Prison for assisting in the preparation of false federal tax returns. Court records show that Nowlin was an unauthorized tax preparer and operated under various names, including Snowlin Tax and Prep, LLC. From 2014 to 2018, he prepared approximately 291 federal tax returns and falsified wage and withholding amounts and other W-2 information, resulting in a loss to the United States of nearly $2 million dollars. "Tax preparers who abuse the system for their own gain must be held to account," said U.S. Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft. "Prosecutions like this one send an important message to fraudulent tax preparers: if you break the rules, you will face the consequences." IRS Criminal Investigation investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman R. Smith prosecuted the case.