St. Louis area woman faces penalties for federal tax evasion

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Friday, September 14, 2012

When an individual commits tax fraud, it usually involves filing a false tax return. Tax fraud is a violation of federal criminal law, and a conviction can come with serious penalties. These penalties may include a prison sentence or extensive monetary fines. However, there are always defense strategies that can mitigate these consequences or even lead to a complete dismissal of charges.

A woman from Alton has recently pleaded guilty to involvement in a complex tax fraud scheme that involved filing false tax returns. There were allegedly six individuals involved in this complex tax evasion scheme. Some of the individuals involved allegedly went to tax preparers with invalid W-2 forms. They would obtain advance refund payments and split them amongst the parties involved. They are all facing charges for conspiracy, filing false tax returns and falsifying statements to federal officers.

Although the penalties for conviction of the commission of tax fraud are steep, the prosecution is required to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. This is the highest standard of proof. In addition, law enforcement officials and prosecutors are required to follow certain procedures and uphold individual’s Constitutional rights throughout the questioning and evidence gathering processes. If these rights are violated, it can result in reduced charges or a complete dismissal of the case.

It is important that those accused understand that anything they say to officials while being questioned can be used against them. Anyone accused of a crime has the right to remain silent. In addition, they have the right to refuse further questioning until they are able to obtain an attorney. These are Constitutional rights that must not be violated.

Source: The Telegraph, “Alton woman pleads guilty to federal tax charge,” Sanford J. Schmidt, Aug. 27, 2012