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.

Timber Company Employee Axed After Embezzling Millions!

Susan Tranberg, who worked for the Weyerhauser Company for more than 40 years, was sentenced to 57 months in prison for tax evasion, wire fraud and defrauding her employer of more than 4.5 million dollars.

 

Tranberg’s scheming began in 2004 when she created a fake timber contract between the company and a vendor she named after her mother, who was not involved in the fraud. Over the next decade Tranberg received more than 2.6 million dollars through the bogus company. In 2014 Weyerhauser transitioned to a different payment processing system and Tranberg submitted new documentation, including 1099 and W9 paperwork signed by her mother, who had been deceased for five years. Tranberg forged colleagues’ signatures on check requests and used other colleagues’ log in credentials to approve payments.

 

The majority of the money was used to fund a lavish lifestyle of vacations, expensive dinners, six figure wedding expenses and shopping sprees.

 

Tranberg was ordered to pay $775,984 to Weyerhauser, $3,805,223 to the Crime Victims Fund and $807,033 to the IRS

Pizzeria Owner Skims More Than Cheese From Business

The owner of Muncheez Pizzeria in Wisconsin has been charged with four counts of filing false tax returns for skimming approximately $800,000 from his business receipts between 2012 and 2016.

 

Paul Vanderlinden took the cash, deposited it in his personal bank accounts and failed to report or pay taxes on the income.

 

Vanderlinden used a large portion of the cash to pay his employees cash wages and is also charged with failing to withhold and pay over the payroll taxes associated with those wages.

 

In addition to restitution, Vanderlin faces up to three years in prison for each count of filing a false tax return and five years for failing to pay over payroll taxes.

Tax Evader Should Have Used Warning System to Save Herself IRS Troubles

Lynda Zimmermann pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false tax return and agreed to pay $1,088,649.22 to the IRS prior to sentencing. Zimmermann and her husband owned a company in Tucson that provided lightning detection and warning systems to golf courses, parks and mines around the world.

 

In 2014 Zimmermann provided her accountants with gross receipts totaling $1,322,680 when the actual number was $2,405,276. This resulted in an underreporting of more than one million dollars on that year’s Form 1040.

 

Zimmermann faces up to five years in prison.

Shoe Drops on Former CFO Who Embezzles $27 Million; Faces 33 Years in Prison!

The former CFO of Alden Shoe Company, Richard Hajjar, pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return, wire fraud and unlawful monetary transactions in connection with embezzling more than 27 million dollars from the company.

 

From 2011 to 2019, when he was fired from the company, Hajjar stole 3.7 million dollars by writing checks to himself. He embezzled another 24 million dollars by transferring the money to a trust owned by the company that was dormant and making himself the trustee of the account. From this account he wrote more checks to himself and to others.

 

At least 15 million dollars of the stolen funds went to Bianca de la Garza, a former news anchor who runs Lucky Gal Productions. De la Garza claims she did not know the lavish gifts, vacations and investments in her company came from the embezzled funds.

 

From 2014 to 2019 Hajjar failed to report the proceeds from the embezzlement on his tax returns which resulted in a tax loss of $5,112,822 to the IRS.

 

Hajjar faces up to 33 years in prison.