Man who falsely claimed $1.8 million in tax refunds sentenced to almost 4 years

A Tacoma man who falsely claimed $1.8 million in income tax refunds was sentenced Monday to 46 months in prison.

Seeney Ristick, 33, pleaded guilty in June in U.S. District Court.

He brought fraudulent paperwork to tax firms in Western Washington to file 524 returns in his name and under the names of family and friends, between 2008 and 2013.

In some cases, Ristick forged powers of attorney.

Sometimes he went with the person to a tax firm, and then charged the person $500 to $1,500 for his help in filing the return.

The federal government paid about $1.6 million before finding the scheme, and that money has not been repaid, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.