Gurmail Singh, a resident of Richmond Hill, N.Y., pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York to filing a false federal tax return, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced.
According to the indictment, court records and admissions made by the defendant in court today, Singh used check-cashing services to cash more than $2.9 million in checks paid to his construction company, Fancy and Vicky Construction Co. Inc. in Richmond Hill, for services between 2006 and 2008. He concealed his check-cashing activities from his tax return preparers, and this income was not included as gross income on the company's tax returns. Singh also diverted cash receipts earned by his companies for his own personal use. Singh admitted that his failure to report Fancy and Vicky’s gross receipts caused a tax loss to the IRS of between $400,000 and $1,000,000.
Singh faces a potential maximum sentence of three years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. Sentencing is set for Jan. 6, 2014.
The case was investigated by IRS - Criminal Investigation and is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Mark Kotila and Jeffrey Bender of the Justice Department's Tax Division.