Fred F. Frink used the money for a variety of expenses, including paying off debt and buying a $48,000 car. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle said the 69-year-old spent most of the money after being warned by the IRS that his return was fraudulent.
Frink filed the bogus claim on his 2008 return after a legitimate accountant determined his actual refund would be about $7,400. The IRS didn't immediately catch the fraud, and paid him just over $827,000.
Prosecutors said Frink had previously had an honorable military career and success in business, having served as the chief executive of a medical computing company.
U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik sentenced Frink on Wednesday. He also ordered him to pay back the money.
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