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Connecticut man involved in conspiracy to defraud IRS and US National Guard is sentenced

HARTFORD, Conn. - David B. Fein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Jay Green, 67, of Guilford, Conn., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to two years of probation for his involvement in a conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the United States National Guard. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) assisted in the investigation.

Judge Droney also ordered Green to pay a fine in the amount of $5000. Green pleaded guilty to the offense on Dec. 18, 2008.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Green was employed by Class Act Cleaning Services (Class Act) of Berlin, Conn., which provided cleaning services throughout the State of Connecticut, including to federal, state and local agencies. Green has admitted that, between 2001 and April 2006, he and the owner of Class Act instructed customers to pay cash, or to make checks payable to Class Act's owner, for cleaning services performed by the business. Class Act's owner paid Green his commissions for cash jobs in cash, which Green did not report on his individual federal income tax returns.

One of Class Act's customers was the U.S. National Guard. Green has admitted that he notarized certain contracts and payroll documents for federal work performed by Class Act, as required by the U.S. National Guard Bureau, using a notary stamp in the name of an individual who was a former employee of the cleaning business. Green also forged the former employee's name on these documents.

As part of his sentence, Green was ordered to pay restitution in the amounts of $65,345 to the IRS and $4,402.03 to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Class Act's owner is deceased and was not charged.

This matter was investigated by the IRS - Criminal Investigation; the Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General and ICE HSI, with assistance from the Social Security Administration.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey M. Stone.