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Top Tax Crime Prison Sentences for 2017

  •  In July 2017, a Watertown, NY restaurateur was sentenced to 150 months in prison for tax evasion and investment fraud. He engaged in a scheme to evade more than $4 million in taxes and obstruct the IRS.
  •  In October 2017, a Grand Junction, CO business owner was sentenced to 88 months in prison for tax evasion and failing to file corporate and individual tax returns.  He had not filed a personal tax return since 1992 and had not paid individual income taxes since 1993.
  •  In July 2017, a Potomac, MD doctor and entrepreneur was sentenced to 119 months and 29 days in prison for defrauding his former company’s shareholders and for failing to pay more than $7.5 million in employment taxes.
  •  In October 2017, a Boynton Beach, FL resident was sentenced to 30 months in prison for obstructing the IRS.  He filed fraudulent personal tax returns with the IRS that sought more than $5.6 million in fraudulent refunds, of which the IRS paid more than $485,000.
  • In January 2017, a St. Louis, MO tax return preparation business owner was sentenced to 27 months in prison for tax evasion.  He underreported his businesses’ gross receipts by over $1.5 million and evaded over $580,000 in tax.
  • In July 2017, a Fort Meyers, FL businessman was sentenced to 57 months in prison for conspiring with investment advisors to hide money in offshore bank accounts. He used secret numbered bank accounts and foreign shell companies to hide millions of dollars in order to evade more than $728,000 in U.S. taxes.
  • In July 2017, a Loveland, CO businessman and delicatessen owner was sentenced to 24 months in prison for conspiring to file fraudulent claims for tax refunds. He conspired with his return preparer to file three tax returns that claimed more than $1 million in bogus refunds, of which the IRS paid $350,765.  He spent the funds on precious metals and coins, jewelry and luxury travel.

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