A federal grand jury indicted a Pembroke man for sending papers to the U.S. secretary of the treasury, expecting payment of $100 billion. The man is facing two charges for tax evasion, seven charges of filing false tax returns, two charges of making false claims and endeavoring to impede the Internal Revenue Service.
The man was a self-employed carpenter and made more than $1 million between 1998 and 2008. The Internal Revenue Service alleges that the man did not file his federal income tax returns in a timely manner. Furthermore, it alleges that he indicated that he had no income on the majority of the tax returns. It further reports that the man filed two different income tax returns for 2008, saying that the government owed him refunds totaling $1.6 million. After the IRS tried to collect the income tax that it believed the man owed the government, the man allegedly made moves to prevent this effort. For example, he allegedly threatened to file liens against a revenue officer and refused to provide records that were requested by the IRS. He is also being accused of instructing one of his employers not to put his Social Security number on a payment form to the IRS and demanding $100 billion from the IRS.
Conviction of the false-claim and tax evasion charges can result in five years of imprisonment. The man also faces three years of supervised release and fines that equal twice the gross loss. The false tax returns and endeavoring to impede the IRS could result in a penalty of up to three years, supervised release and fines.
A Boston tax lawyer may be able to assist individuals who are facing charges related to tax. They may be able to negotiate a deal to keep a client out of prison, such as agreeing to pay restitution.
Source: Patriot Ledger, “Pembroke man indicted on tax evasion, other charges“, September 27, 2013