Columbia man indicted on tax credit fraud

Jul 26, 2012

A Columbia man has been indicted on allegations that he tried to fraudulently claim a state tax break meant for lower-income disabled residents and senior citizens.

The Cole County indictment accuses 27-year-old Christopher Hill of one felony count of filing a false state income tax return. The charge is punishable by up to a $10,000 fine and five years in prison.

The Missouri Department of Revenue said Wednesday that Hill attempted to file a forged rent receipt with his 2011 taxes in order to claim the tax credit.

A state public defender who has represented Hill in an unrelated weapons charge said Hill's indictment on the tax charge has not yet been referred to the public defender's office.