It’s tax season and time to remind folks that every choice has a consequence.
According to the indictment, from November 2006 to January 2007, Gutura, Zinyama, and Chari, all employed by Tax Expedia, are alleged to have falsified tax return information in approximately 318 tax returns in order to receive tax refund payments or increased tax refund payments in the amount of $805,181. Gutura and Zinyama appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Don D. Bush on Feb. 17, 2010, and have been detained pending their arraignments.
All three defendants are charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States. If convicted, they each face up to 5 years in federal prison.
Additionally, Gutura is charged with nine counts of preparing a false tax return and Chari is charged with two counts of preparing a false tax return. If convicted they face up to 3 years in federal prison for each conviction.
All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
However, reality is, the US Attorney’s office rarely indicts folks on crimes like these without the significant probability that a guilty verdict will be handed down. The other question in this case is – if you were one of the 318 falsified tax return clients, is the IRS going after you for the potential tax due.
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