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Restaurant owners on probation after pleading guilty to tax fraud

Two brothers recently pleaded guilty to taking part in illegal financial activities from 2010 through part of 2015. The two men apparently own a restaurant together outside of Pennsylvania, and the tax fraud to which they pleaded guilty involved taxable receipts at their establishment. They reportedly failed to disclose the proper amount of taxable receipts on tax forms, which resulted in lower tax charges.

The restaurateurs have already paid more than $200,000 in restitution in the federal tax fraud case. The brothers, ages 50 and 52, were recently sentenced by a U.S. District judge, who placed their business on a 5-year probation. The two men have retained ownership of their business, however, and are permitted to continue its operations during the probation period.

A federal attorney told the men that they have stolen from the federal government, and therefore, they have stolen from all citizens in the United States. The gentlemen said they have enjoyed business success for 20 years and hope to continue their restaurant endeavors for many more years. Obstruction of federal government tax collections is obviously a serious matter that may incur severe penalties after a conviction.

Anyone faced with federal tax fraud charges will want to build as strong of a defense as possible to increase the chances of minimizing the potential negative outcome of the situation. A first logical step to take in building a strong defense is to consult with a skilled Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney. When impending charges are under federal jurisdiction, it is advisable to seek an attorney who has successfully defended others at the federal level.

Source: stltoday.com, "Owners of restaurant in Fairview Heights get probation in tax-fraud case", July 22, 2016

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