Posted: Jul 25, 2012 4:45 PM by Cody Lee Heyveld
Updated: Jul 25, 2012 4:48 PM
JEFFERSON CITY — Cole County grand jury indicted a Columbia man Wednesday for attempting to defraud the Missouri Property Tax Credit program.
An investigation by the Missouri Department of Revenue's Criminal Tax Investigation Bureau found that Christerpher D. Hill, 27, attempted to file a forged rent receipt with the Department in an effort to obtain a Property Tax Credit for Tax Year 2011. The bureau then referred the case to Cole County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Richardson for prosecution.
"The Property Tax Credit program is designed to provide relief to eligible senior citizens and disabled Missourians," said Alana M. Barragán-Scott, director of the Department of Revenue. "The Department is vigilant about stopping fraud and protecting the program for whom it was intended."
Charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt, according to the Department of Revenue Investigation. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.