On a Hunch IRS Nails Staffing Company Owner

Gary Hunsche, the owner of Unique Personal Consultants, a staffing company in Illinois, pleaded guilty for failing to pay millions in federal payroll taxes.

 

Hunsche’s company provided thousands of temporary workers to hundreds of businesses throughout the state. From 2014 to 2016 Hunsche withheld over 8 million dollars in federal taxes from the paychecks of 3000-5000 employees, and kept more than 4 million dollars for himself.

 

Hunsche admitted to using the funds for personal expenses, including unpaid taxes and landscaping for his personal residence, a barn with a full size indoor basketball court,  a pond with exotic fish, and partial construction of a new home.

 

He faces up to five years in prison and millions in restitution.

Mayor’s Marijuana Scheme Goes Up in Smoke

Jasiel Correia II, the former mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts, was convicted on four counts of filing false tax returns, wire fraud and extortion.

 

In 2012, before he was mayor, Correia founded SnoOwl, an app designed to connect local businesses with their target market, and raised $360,000 from investors. Of that money he used $230,000 on personal luxury items including a Mercedes, jewelry, designer clothing and to pay for airfare, hotels and adult entertainment. He also paid down his student debt, made charitable contributions and funded his political campaign.

 

Once he became mayor in January 2016, Correia agreed to issue non opposition letters to prospective marijuana vendors in exchange for cash bribes and other payments. As mayor he was solely responsible for approving all non-opposition letters in Fall River. Four marijuana vendors paid bribes between $75,000 and $250,000 in cash, campaign contributions and mortgage payments to Correia and his co-conspirators.

 

Correia faces a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Accountant Goes Rogue

Chelsea Jolynn Tucker, the accountant for a contract services and staffing  company in Texas, pleaded guilty to tax evasion and to defrauding her employer.

 

Tucker was responsible for  making employment tax deposits, handling payroll, preparing W-2 forms and paying business expenses. After working at the company since 1997, she began paying herself as both an employee and a vendor in 2012. She gave herself unauthorized bonuses and fake reimbursements, used a corporate credit card for personal purchases and used company funds to pay personal credit cards.

 

In order to avoid her tax obligations she prepared false W-2 forms for herself that underreported her income to the IRS. Tucker also failed to pay the employment taxes for the company.

 

Tucker was sentenced to 14 months and 23 days in prison and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $779,664.

Coked-Out, Brazen Car Dealership CFO Doing 63 Months in the Gray Bar Hotel!

Tamra Villareal and her ex-husband Robert have been sentenced to 63 months and 87 months in jail, respectively, for tax evasion and defrauding Tamra’s employer, Richardson Enterprises. The company owns car dealerships in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

 

As the CFO of the company, Tamra had access to bank accounts and credit cards that she and her ex-husband used freely beginning in 2009. The couple stole funds to purchase a 2.7 million dollar house and to pay for travel, hotels, restaurant tabs, luxury cars, lavish jewelry, rare American coins from the 1800s, gold bars, art, a collection of designer handbags and clothes valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars. During a four-day period in the summer of 2016 the couple charged $72,578.27 for three meals at a Houston restaurant on a company credit card.

 

Robert Villareal’s longer prison sentence is the result of an additional charge of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.

 

The couple has been ordered to pay restitution to Richardson Enterprises in the amount of $15,941,452.87 and $4,243,649 to the IRS.

Tax Collector Becomes Tax Evader and Should Have Known Better!

Jeanne Bowser, the elected tax collector for Center Township in Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and filing false tax returns after she was caught embezzling funds.

 

From 2011 to 2019 Bowser stole $1,028,183.81 in tax payments from both the township and the Central Valley School District. Bowser wrote checks to herself out of a bank account that was used for tax deposits and stole cash tax payments.

 

She faces a maximum of 23 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.

Machinery Owner Reaps What He Sows and Owes The IRS $2,789,538 in Restitution and lands in Jail!

Palm Beach County, Florida resident, Dusko Bruer, who owned a company that bought US made agricultural machinery and parts, and sold them throughout the world, was sentenced to twenty-four months in prison, serve two years of supervised release and to pay approximately $2,789,538 in restitution to the United States for not reporting his foreign bank accounts and evading million in taxes.

 

Bruer ran the company from 2003 to 2009, and despite having numerous employees and millions in revenue, never filed employment or corporate tax returns. He did not pay himself a salary and used the company’s bank accounts to pay his personal expenses, to make foreign investments and to transfer funds to family members.

 

In order to conceal his income from the IRS, Bruer owned and controlled bank accounts in Croatia, Germany, Serbia and Switzerland. From 2007 to 2011 alone he transferred 5.8 million dollars from domestic accounts to the foreign accounts, and from 2007 to 2014 he failed to report $7,726,213.

 

Through the offshore accounts Bruer purchased foreign property, a $1,350,000 yacht, and a beach front home in Florida for $1,650,000.

Your IRS Questions Answered Here…

Question: I’ve been getting threatening letters from the IRS saying I owe them $43,000 for 2017 – 2019. This is beginning to affect other aspects of my life as well. What should I do?

 

Answer: There are many options available to you today to resolve this.  However, you need to take the first step and call us to see what you qualify for. Solutions may include negotiating an Offer in Compromise where we will offer a lower amount and request a release of federal tax liens.  We can also ask for an Appeal of the amount owed and request the IRS re-examine your case to reduce the amount you owe.

 

We can request the IRS remove penalties by presenting valid reasons for removal of these. Additionally, we can offer a monthly Payment Plan that is workable within your budget.  Many clients have unfiled tax returns that need to be filed first before the IRS will enter into resolution. We will prepare all delinquent returns (even if you do not have any records) for past years.  This alone usually reduces the Tax, Penalty and Interest owed.

 

If you’re being audited, we’ll represent you in front of the IRS at the audit or hearing, so you do not have to appear.

Man Named Boggus Files Bogus Tax Returns

Glenn Edwards Boggus was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $495,368 in restitution to the IRS for filing false tax returns.

 

In 2017 Boggus filed a fraudulent income tax return that claimed a 1.14 million dollar tax refund. He submitted a false W-2 reporting $5,647,888 in wages and $3,333,116 in withholdings from a company that did not exist.

 

The IRS sent Boggus a refund for $935,432.56, which he proceeded to deposit in his personal bank account.

 

As part of his plea agreement, Boggus admitted in court that he had filed previous fraudulent returns. He had claimed fraudulent tax refunds in the amount of $33,489 for tax year 2013, $323,765 for tax year 2014 and $258,407 for tax year 2015.

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Creative Bookkeeper Gets Caught Double-Dipping!

An accountant in West Virginia, Misty Brotherton-Tanner, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion for defrauding several businesses that hired her to do their bookkeeping.

 

Brotherton-Tanner provided accounting services to several businesses and from 2014 until 2020 she created various schemes to defraud all of them. She transferred company funds to her personal bank accounts and moved electronic transactions between accounts in such a way as to hide the fraud under the guise of legitimate transactions.

 

In some cases Brotherton-Tanner listed herself as an employee of a business and collected a weekly paycheck. In other instances she created fictional workers that she added to a company’s payroll, and those checks would also be deposited into her personal bank account. She also lied about paying state and federal taxes for the businesses she worked for.

 

Brotherton-Tanner also stole on behalf and at the request of her mother, who pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

 

She has been ordered to pay $537,173 in restitution and faces up to 50 years in prison and a $750,000 fine.