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

Attorney brokers favorable plea agreement for man accused of tax crimes

In matters related to alleged tax crimes, prosecutors have a heavy burden to prove guilt. In some cases, it's in a defendant's best interest to force prosecutors to build a case and produce evidence that must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant participated in criminal tax-related activities. In other cases, it may be in a client's best interest to allow defense attorneys to broker a favorable plea agreement.

In many criminal IRS cases, prosecutors will negotiate with defense attorneys to agree upon what’s known as a plea bargain. Under the terms of a plea bargain, prosecutors generally agree to reduce or drop certain charges against a defendant in exchange for a guilty plea to specific or lesser charges. In some cases, accepting a plea bargain is in a defendant's best interest. Such was the case for a 50-year-old man who was accused of numerous tax crimes.

According to court documents, the 50-year-old recently agreed to a plea bargain presented by prosecutors. In doing so, prosecutors agreed to drop several serious tax crimes-related charges. In exchange, the defendant agreed to plead guilty to other charges including identity theft and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He will soon be sentenced and, due to mandatory sentencing guidelines, must spend at least two years in prison.

The man's arrest and subsequent criminal tax charges occurred after investigators searched his home. In their search, investigators discovered the personal identifying information and tax returns of some 160 people.

This case is an example of how defense attorneys are able to secure plea bargains that are in their client's best interest. When evidence presented by prosecutors is overwhelming and convincing in nature, individuals accused of tax crimes may spent many years in prison and be forced to pay hefty restitution fees. A criminal defense attorney can help provide for a more favorable legal outcome.

Source: The Ledger, "Lakeland Man Takes Plea Deal on Tax Fraud Charges," March, 10, 2014

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