WASHINGTON, DC - Kathryn Keneally, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, and Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, jointly announced today that James S. Faller II, of Russell Springs, Ky., was indicted by a federal grand jury in Bowling Green, Ky. Faller, a consultant and private investigator, is charged in an eleven count indictment with obstructing the internal revenue laws, evading his individual income taxes, making and subscribing to a false form that he filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and failing to file his individual income tax returns.
The indictment, returned on Wednesday, alleges that Faller obstructed the IRS’s ability to collect payment of a substantial penalty he owed to the government and the IRS’s ability to identify his income from 2006 through 2009. According to the indictment, Faller evaded the payment of a $216,000 penalty related to unpaid employment taxes of Call Center Communications Inc., of which Faller was the president. In addition, Faller was charged with evading his individual income taxes from 2006 through 2009. He allegedly failed to report more than $960,000 of income during this four-year period and committed various affirmative acts of evasion.
Faller faces a maximum punishment of three years in prison for the charge of obstructing the internal revenue laws; five years for each count of evading his individual income taxes; three years for making and subscribing to a false form that he filed with the IRS; and one year for each count of failing to file his individual income tax returns. He faces a maximum fine of $100,000 on each count of failing to file his income tax returns and $250,000 for each of the other counts. An indictment merely alleges that a crime has been committed, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case resulted from an investigation by special agents of the IRS - Criminal Investigation. Tax Division Trial Attorney Thomas Voracek and Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee Gentry are prosecuting the case.