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Man sentenced for Georgia tax fraud

When individuals do not pay their taxes, whether it is an intentional or unintentional act, there will be serious consequences. The IRS investigates many of these cases each year, and is aggressive when pursuing convictions against those who owe back taxes.

Recently, a Georgia man charged with 27 federal counts, including tax fraud, was convicted of all of the crimes after evidence of a nationwide scheme was uncovered. The investigation determined that the man, a doctor, had been concealing income that he had received when treating patients. The case once again reminds all Georgians how seriously the IRS takes criminal tax matters.  

The doctor had brought patients in from around the country to receive treatment at his office. These individuals had their travel expenses covered by a charity, which it turns out that the doctor controlled. The patients would fly to the office, receive treatment, then go to Florida to visit a hot springs and then return to the clinic for additional procedures.

The doctor allegedly funnelled payments to the charity by working with a school in the area. Tuition payments were made out to the charity, and then the doctor would repay the school for the amounts submitted, plus an extra 25 percent. This was done to conceal the control over the charity's finances.

The doctor had apparently deducted the money that he had donated to the school and the charity over time, which is where the tax fraud charges originated. The officials say this led to him avoiding nearly $1 million in unpaid taxes.

The tax fraud conviction can carry a five-year prison sentence, or a three-year sentence with a $250,000 fine. The sentencing will be held at a later time.

Individuals facing criminal tax law charges may wish to contact an experienced tax lawyer to assist them with preparing a defense to these allegations. This can help them understand the consequences that may result if convicted.

 

Source: FBI.gov, "Atlanta doctor convicted on health care fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering charges," June 24, 2013. 

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