Just because someone is charged with a federal offense that does not mean he or she actually committed a crime. In addition, sometimes, people who are charged with these types of crimes had no idea that what they were doing was even illegal. However, that doesn’t mean prosecutors won’t come after them. That is why anyone facing this kind of situation needs to understand how the federal crime process works, in order to get the best defense possible.
The U.S. Justice Department has indicted two tax-preparation professionals from Ohio after officials claim the men were participating in tax-related and conspiracy crimes. According to court documents, the two men have both been charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and of impeding the administration of the Internal Revenue Code. They also both face five counts each of wire fraud. In addition, one of the men has been charged with money laundering, evasion of employment tax payments, bank fraud and failure to collect and pay employment taxes.
According to authorities, the two men used their tax preparation businesses as a way to defraud the IRS. The men allegedly used their business franchises to file fraudulent federal income tax returns without having their taxpayers’ permission and without legitimate W-2 forms. The two men reportedly executed the scheme for nearly a decade, with it allegedly starting in 2004 and lasting until 2012. A judge ruled in 2013 that the men must cease operation of their tax preparation business after someone filed a civil case in 2012. Both men could be sent to prison for up to 30 years if they are convicted. They could also pay fines of $1 million for each of the most serious counts.
The evidence against these two men appears very damaging and they are certainly in a tough position. However, they do have the right to a fair trial. That is why they need to seek the best legal council possible to ensure that they get the best defense possible. At The VanNoy Firm, we look at every angle and we leave no stone unturned as we build a strong defense strategy that best fits your case. Please don’t let criminal charges stop you from receiving due process. Your side of the story deserves to be heard in court. You can contact the VanNoy Firm at 937-952-5043 for experienced legal help. You can also contact us online by clicking here.