San Francisco Woman Charged With Filing False Tax Returns
SAN FRANCISCO – A San Francisco woman today was charged by a federal grand jury in San Francisco with two counts of filing a false tax return, United States Attorney Melinda Haag and IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Marcus Williams announced.
According to the indictment, Wei Fan May Lee willfully signed and filed U.S. individual income tax returns for the years 2006 and 2007 that she did not believe to be true and correct. The returns failed to disclose that Lee was engaged in the operation of a business activity from which she derived gross receipts. Lee knew that she was required by law to disclose the gross receipts and income from that business activity.
The maximum penalty for filing a false tax return, in violation of Title 26, United States Code Section 7206(1), is three years in prison and a fine of $250,000. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.
Charles Parker is the Special Assistant United States Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Edward Solis. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation.
Please note, an indictment contains only allegations against an individual and, as with all defendants, must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.