One correct, one false; rotten fruit; safety alert; and different highlights of current tax circumstances.

Pittsburgh: Tax collector Jeanne Bowser, 63, of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to a yr and a day in jail to be adopted by three years of supervised launch after being convicted of wire fraud and submitting false revenue tax returns.

Bowser was the elected tax collector for Heart Township, Pennsylvania, and picked up taxes for a close-by faculty district. From about December 2011 till mid-2019, she embezzled some $1,028,183.81 in tax funds by writing checks to herself out of a checking account that was used for tax deposits and by stealing money tax funds. She additionally filed false revenue tax returns for six years.

Kissimmee, Florida: Tax preparer Marcos Antonio Tejeda has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for making ready false returns for himself and others.

Tejeda, who pleaded responsible in December, owned and operated a tax prep and accounting enterprise and offered private and enterprise companies for a selected shopper in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Tejeda maintained a enterprise checking account into which the shopper deposited cash for estimated federal tax funds.

In 2016 and 2017, Tejeda ready a 1040 for the shopper; annually Tejeda ready two variations of the identical return, one he claimed was correct and one he knew was false. The correct return included the estimated tax funds that the shopper made and was predominately right. This primary model in each 2016 and 2017 additionally confirmed that the shopper owed cash along with the cash he had paid in estimated tax funds.

Tejeda then created and filed a second, fraudulent federal return for tax years 2016 and 2017. These returns misrepresented the shopper’s enterprise gross receipts, capital positive factors, gross revenue, adjusted gross revenue and different statutory changes to fraudulently lower the taxes owed. Tejeda embezzled the cash that the shopper had offered for estimated tax funds and to pay the taxes believed owed based mostly on the primary model of the return.

In complete, Tejeda embezzled $120,329.46 from the shopper. Moreover, he didn’t report a considerable quantity of his revenue on his private or enterprise taxes.

Smyrna, Georgia: Resident Tamar Lee has been sentenced to 51 months in jail to be adopted by three years of supervised launch and ordered to pay $306,316.22 in restitution for conspiring to current false claims for refunds to the IRS.

Lee and conspirator Don Terry obtained names and private ID info for people with out their information and consent. Lots of the victims lived exterior of Georgia, some residing in shelters or jail on the time the returns had been filed. Lee and Terry offered the victims’ info to a now-deceased conspirator, an area tax preparer along with her personal prep enterprise.

The fraudulent 1040s had been ready and e-filed from the conspirator’s enterprise. The returns included false W-2s itemizing employers for whom the victims didn’t work and claimed refunds based mostly on false federal withholdings. The preparer additionally used a refund switch service, Refund Benefit, that allowed the conspirator to print refund checks at her enterprise.

When the IRS paid refunds, the preparer printed the checks and gave them to Terry and Lee who then deposited them into financial institution accounts that Lee managed; Lee paid the co-conspirators a portion of the cash.

Lee additionally used one among her present corporations to file 1120s that falsely claimed refunds based mostly on bogus gas tax credit. The IRS paid one of many requested refunds by depositing the funds into Lee’s checking account.

Lee, Terry and one other conspirator, Jeffrey Smith, additionally schemed to submit company revenue tax returns that made false claims for refunds. They offered to the deceased tax preparer info for different present corporations and for corporations they created for this scheme to arrange and file fraudulent 1120s. These returns all falsely claimed refunds based mostly on undeserved gas tax credit.

Total, the fraud resulted in false claims for refunds of greater than $2 million over three and a half years; the IRS paid greater than $1 million in refunds.

Smith was beforehand sentenced to 37 months in jail to be adopted by three years of supervised launch and ordered to pay $695,191 in restitution. Terry was sentenced to 2 years in jail to be adopted by three years of supervised launch and ordered to pay $1,332,115 in restitution.

Chelan Falls, Washington: Former resident Jose L. Echeverria has been extradited from Mexico to serve a 30-month jail sentence he acquired in absentia nearly 5 years in the past for submitting a fraudulent return.

From 2009 via 2012, Echeverria owned and operated a produce gross sales enterprise. He filed fraudulent particular person federal revenue tax returns for these years, underreporting the revenue he acquired from his enterprise by $564,292. Throughout this time, Echeverria wired tons of of 1000’s of {dollars} in unreported revenue to an account in Mexico that he used to buy land, trip properties and automobiles.

Following his responsible plea to submitting a false return some 5 years in the past, the district courtroom granted him permission to journey to Mexico for 2 months whereas he awaited sentencing. Echeverria didn’t return to the U.S. for the sentencing listening to. In September 2017, Echeverria was sentenced in absentia to 30 months in jail and a yr of supervised launch and ordered to pay $183,191 in restitution to the IRS.

Echeverria lived in Mexico as a fugitive for almost 5 years till arrested by Mexican authorities and extradited to the U.S.

Chicago: Tax preparer Eunice Salley, a.ok.a. Eunice Sally Dobyns, Oya Awanata-Bey and Oya Awanata, 37, have been discovered responsible on 29 counts, together with pension fraud, embezzlement, mail fraud and tax fees.

A jury convicted her for cashing her deceased grandmother’s pension checks and making ready false returns.

In 2016 and 2017, Salley ready and filed 22 false federal particular person revenue tax returns on behalf of shoppers. The returns, which sought greater than $1 million in refunds, contained fictitious wages and withholdings in addition to false medical, charitable and employment bills. Salley demanded that lots of her shoppers pay her as much as half of the refund along with her common prep price.

Proof confirmed that Salley’s grandmother had died in 2009 and the grandmother’s month-to-month pension checks continued to come back to the residence the place Salley lived. From January 2013 to December 2017, 33 pension checks totaling $14,131 had been issued to the grandmother and deposited into one among six financial institution accounts opened and managed by Salley. On a number of events, Salley notarized and submitted to the pension plan administrator affidavits below her grandmother’s title, fraudulently affirming that the grandmother was alive.

Salley didn’t report roughly $5,000 in revenue she acquired in 2017 from the pension checks that she embezzled.

Sentencing is July 21, when she faces a most of 30 years in jail for mail fraud, 5 years in jail for every rely of theft from an worker profit plan, three years for every rely of aiding and aiding the submitting of a false return and three years for submitting a false return.

Dawn Seashore, Missouri: Safety companies exec Rex Tarwater has pleaded responsible to failing to pay greater than $2.eight million in payroll taxes from his enterprise and greater than $1.1 million in private revenue taxes.

He owns Semper Blue Skilled Companies, which gives off-duty police safety for public venues. Tarwater admitted that he did not pay over federal payroll taxes withheld from staff’ paychecks.

From 2015 via 2020, Semper Blue withheld greater than $1.9 million in taxes from staff’ paychecks however made no funds to the IRS. The tax loss totaled $2,739,712.

Tarwater additionally admitted that he did not file private revenue tax returns in tax years 2015 via 2020. The entire private revenue tax loss was $1,199,611.

He faces as much as six years in jail.

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