Wednesday, July 27, 2005

White Collar Criminal Cases Often Include Tax Charges

Tax charges often appear as accompanying charges with white collar fraud and corruption cases.  In addition to charging the taking, bribing, or extorting of money, it is common to see charges for the failure to pay taxes on this money.

An example of this is seen in a recent press release here by the USA for the District of New Jersey. In this release USA Christopher J. Christie informed the public that "[a] former human resources manager who defrauded her employer of more than $350,000 and evaded paying taxes on the money was sentenced today to 37 months in prison." 

The press release notes that:

"Buturla pleaded guilty on Oct. 25, 2004, to one count of wire fraud and one count of tax evasion, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Bohdan Vitvitsky.

"Buturla was formerly a human resources manager at Agip USA, a former New York City subsidiary of Agip International, an Italian multinational corporation. Buturla admitted at her plea hearing that in the years1998 to 2000 she had defrauded Agip USA by exploiting her position to manipulate her then-employer's payroll system."


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