A 70-year-old man formerly of Quincy was convicted for five counts of tax evasion as well as stealing funds from a federal housing assistance program. The man was also convicted of two counts of conspiracy and two counts of making false statements. The tax evasion convictions and related charges involved two elaborate schemes: one involving a false-invoice scheme and the other Section 8 housing fraud.The crime began after he was hired as a salesman by Xcel Fire Protection, an indoor sprinkler company. The man told Xcel's general manager that he owned several businesses, including a trucking company, moving and real estate business and a business equipment company. According to authorities, the man sent false invoices in the names of the companies that he owned to Xcel for goods or services that these businesses had never provided. The general manager authorized the company to pay the invoices by check. In exchange, the man gave the general manager 90 percent of the value of the checks while keeping 10 percent for himself. The man and the general manager did not pay the correct amount of income taxes toward the $490,000 that they received through these transactions.
Three people, including a Norwood man, were sentenced in Worcester federal district court for conspiracies to defraud the U.S. using several tax fraud schemes. Released wearing electronic monitoring devices, they are awaiting sentencing in June. All three were found guilty of participating in an "under the table" payroll scam and the use of "underground warehouse banking." Both charges are defined by conspiracy and fraud and were used to hide income and assets from the Internal Revenue Service. The Norwood man was also convicted of tax evasion.
Massachusetts readers may be interested in the effect of a 2007 incident of tax fraud worth $48 million, which led Washington, D.C., to implement "enhanced control techniques" intended to detect any fraudulent tax-related activity in the future. These measures recently played a part in the discovery of a four-year tax refund scheme enacted by a tax examiner who worked for the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (DCOTR). The incident resulted in more than $400,000 essentially stolen from taxpayers. The 47-year old woman who was charged recently pled guilty to wire fraud in a Washington, D.C., federal court.