Pittsburg Resident Charged In Tax Fraud Scheme
OAKLAND – Charles S. Moore, was charged with 17 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation and filing of false tax returns, announced U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Special Agent in Charge José M. Martinez.
According to the Indictment filed on Jan. 14, 2014, and unsealed today, between Feb. 5, 2011 and May 1, 2011, Moore willfully prepared and presented to the IRS, 17 tax returns, Forms 1040 EZ, for various taxpayers for the tax years 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. The tax returns were false and fraudulent with respect to the wages reported on each of the tax returns.
Moore, of Pittsburg, was arrested yesterday and made his initial appearance this morning before the Honorable Kandis A. Westmore, United States Magistrate Court Judge. Moore’s next court appearance is on July 18, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., before the Honorable Jon S. Tigar, District Court Judge in Oakland.
The maximum penalty for aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, in violation of Title 26, U.S.C § 7206(2) is three years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Moore is prosecuting the case. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the IRS, Criminal Investigation.