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

Congressman claims innocence in tax evasion case

It simply does not matter who a person is. Whether a school teacher or a lawmaker, anyone can find themselves facing accusations related to underreporting wages on their tax returns.

Take for example Michael Grimm. While he is a congressman in New York, those living in Ohio can still learn from the criminal tax evasion case he is now tied up in. 

Prosecutors are claiming the congressman, who is also a small business owner, failed to report more than $1 million in wages and sales when filing his taxes. The prosecutors claim he took advantage of the fact that he is a small business owner by using cash to pay workers under the table. He also supposedly hid some receipts. These two actions combined would have made it look like the business took in less money than it really did.  

Due to these accusations, the congressman and business owner is in the middle of a tax evasion case, being charged on mail, wire and tax fraud. 

Even though he is facing very serious charges, Grimm claims he is innocent. He is currently free on a $400,000 bond and says the allegations against him are just an attempt to make him look bad and get him out of office. However, not only does he plan on staying in office, he also has plans to run again. 

As mentioned earlier, while this does involve a congressman from another state, those living in Ohio should take note of the seriousness of the situation, as this man is facing criminal charges. 

When someone first hears the word "tax evasion" or "criminal investigation," it can be a frightening and confusing time. However, do not let the fear become paralyzing. Rather, talk with an attorney who has experience handling tax-related cases. Just like it appears Grimm plans to do, those accused of tax crimes have the right to defend themselves against such allegations.

Source: CBS New York, "Grimm Set To Appear In Court On Federal Tax Evasion Case," May 19, 2014

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