Former school police officer sentenced for filing a false tax return


A former school police officer learned his punishment after pleading guilty to filing a false income tax return.

A federal judge sentenced 57-year-old Ronnie Arnest Williams to time served with 12 months of supervised release.

Prosecutors said Williams filed a false return for the 2017 tax year. Authorities said he asked a parent at Lake Worth High School where he worked as a safety officer for the names of two children. He used those names as dependents on his tax return to increase his return.

Law enforcement was notified of the attempt to defraud the government. According to the State Attorney's Office, the FBI gave Williams false names and he used them to claim for a refund of more than $5000 than what he would've received without the fake dependents.

Williams, as part of his plea deal, had to give up his certificate to be a police officer and resigned as a school police officer. He had worked in law enforcement for about 32 years, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office with the Southern District of Florida.