Robert J. Fedor, Esq., L.L.C.

Woman enters not guilty plea in tax crimes case

A 55-year-old health care executive was recently indicted on charges related to filing false tax returns. The successful business woman and one-time U.S. Senate candidate pled not guilty to two criminal charges related to tax fraud and tax evasion. The charges against the woman stem from allegations that she failed to report an estimated $500,000 in income for the tax years 2007 and 2008. 

A long-time health care executive with ties to various prominent hospitals and clinics, the woman is accused of reporting income earned from some entities for which she consulted and worked while failing to do so for others. If convicted, the 55-year-old could be sentenced to spend up to three years in prison, a year of probation and be forced to pay fines totaling $250,000. In this specific case, the client's plea of not guilty could potentially lead a trial or to to the dismissal or reduction of charges.  

Charges related to tax crimes are serious in nature and can result in an individual facing lengthy prison sentences, hefty fines and long probation periods. Additionally, the reputations of individuals facing charges related to tax crimes are often irreparably tarnished and damaged regardless of the outcome of a trial.

Given the potential negative implications associated with being charged and convicted with tax crimes such tax evasion or tax fraud, it's critical that individuals facing such charges secure a criminal defense attorney. A defense attorney who has experience handling complex tax cases can help refute claims of wrongdoing and ensure for the best possible legal outcome.

Source: Telegram.com, "Robi Blute faces tax evasion charges," Shaun Sutner, Sep. 13, 2013

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