A man who conducted seminars in the United States and Canada regarding commercial real estate investment has been convicted of multiple counts of tax evasion. According to tax department officials, the man failed to file income tax returns between the years of 2001 and 2007. The man's income for the period of time was reportedly $3.6 million and resulted in approximately $213,000 in unpaid taxes. In addition to his seminar work, he also worked for the Trump Organization as an independent contractor. The man pleaded guilty to five charges, which are classified as class E felonies. His jury trial was scheduled just a few days later at the time of the plea. After the government began its investigation, the man filed the delinquent tax returns. He faces a potential maximum sentence of four years for each charge.
An employee who once worked at the District of Columbia's tax office has pled guilty in federal court to conspiracy to defraud the government as well as first-degree theft. These charges stem from tax crimes allegedly committed while the woman was working part-time at a Washington tax service in 2009 and 2010.The prosecutors in the case claim that the woman helped 282 people or companies file fraudulent tax returns with the District of Columbia as well as 973 fraudulent returns with the federal government. She was accused of supplying receipts for charity spending that were fraudulent so that tax filers could claim deductions. The activity took place over the 2008 and 2009 tax seasons, but some of the fraudulent refunds dated back to 2006. The total taken in the fake receipt scam has been estimated at $14.7 million.
Professional football fans in Massachusetts and around the New England region may be familiar with the name Michael Bennett. Bennett, who played for several years in the NFL, maybe most notably with the Minnesota Vikings, pleaded guilty to wire fraud earlier this year and was sentenced last week to serve 15 months in prison for his crime.
A man from Mendon, Massachusetts, was recently convicted of a tax crime after the IRS claimed that he under-reported the income that he received from advertisers on his blog. He was convicted of filing a false income tax return at the federal court in Boston, Massachusetts. The U.S. Attorney and the Department of Justice representatives say that the man pleaded guilty to the charge of filing a false income tax return. According to authorities, the man operated a blog as a part-time job. The blog was about computers and other electronics. Advertisers paid the man for advertising space to contribute articles to the site that reviewed computers, computer components and other items.
A man from Dartmouth, Massachusetts, was recently sentenced after his tax evasion conviction. He received a sentence for two years and a $50,000 fine and over $300,000 in restitution, payable to the Internal Revenue Service. According to court documents, the man and his girlfriend defrauded the country by avoiding tax assessments and the collection of income taxes for three years. He did not file any tax returns or pay the taxes that he owed for these years. He had acquired a number of real estate units and received rental income for most of these properties, some of which were commercial properties. He also received capital gains on some investments. For the three years that he did not pay income taxes, he made between $264,000 and $485,000.
A Worcester, Massachusetts, jury found two men and a woman guilty of multiple tax crimes. The Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department worked together to convict the trio of multiple tax crimes based on fraud. The charge stemmed from a payroll scheme in which the three paid employees with cash. The people also worked together to hide certain income and assets of employees as part of a so-called warehouse banking scheme. The three were also convicted because of taxes filed incorrectly in regard to their own income tax returns. One of the defendants received an additional conviction for tax evasion.
State and federal revenue criminal departments have different sets of criminal codes that are completely separate from one another: separate criminal charges, separate courts and separate punishments for breaking Massachusetts versus federal criminal statutes.
A 25-year-old woman has been charged with aggravated theft and computer crimes after swindling more than $2 million from the Internal Revenue Service. She incorrectly filed a false personal income of $3 million in 2011 using the TurboTax refund calculator. Her $2.1 million refund was issued on a Visa card with the full refund amount after revenue officials approved her claim.
A Cape Cod film director was convicted of tax fraud in Massachusetts Superior Court last week. The man illegally obtained $4.7 million in tax credits from the state Department of Revenue for filming two motion pictures set on Cape Cod. He was sentenced to two to three years in state prison and ordered to pay $4.4 million in restitution. He also faces 10 years of probation after his release.
A man who ran a Malden chiropractic clinic was charged in federal court on multiple counts of impeding the Internal Revenue Service and tax evasion. The investigation into the clinic was organized and announced by the U.S. attorney's economic crimes unit and the Boston IRS criminal investigation field division.