Iowa Bookie Gets Probation for Filing False Return

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An Iowa bookie was sentenced to three years of probation for filing a false tax return.

Tony Merksick, 43, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was also ordered to pay $100,285 in restitution to the IRS.

 Merksick operated an online bookkeeping operation for gambling. He set up a company, TJM Enterprises, for that purposes.

 An IRS investigation revealed Merksick underreported his company’s income by more than $100,000.

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