It’s nice to have friends! Especially when they agree to commit tax fraud with you.
Donald Benck of St. Louis pleaded guilty to hiding upwards of $300,000 in income from the IRS. The used car salesman arranged for his employer to pay his commission with checks made out to several acquaintances. In exchange for a small fee, the acquaintances deposited the checks into their personal bank accounts and gave Benck the cash.
In 2014 Benck underreported his income by $31,300, in 2015 by $131,400, and in 2016 by $93,035, causing the IRS a loss of $84,092.
Benck faces restitution and up to 15 years in prison.