MANDEVILLE MAN INDICTED FOR MAIL FRAUD
ANTHONY TULLI, age 54, a resident of Mandeville, Louisiana, was charged by a federal Grand Jury in a one-count indictment for mail fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to the indictment, TULLI, a certified public accountant, devised a fraudulent scheme to defraud a North Shore business out of at least $40,000.00. TULLI contracted with the business to handle all of its payroll services. He was to issue pay checks to employees, calculate tax withholdings and submit the federal and state income taxes to the appropriate taxing authority. The indictment states that TULLI failed to submit the taxes on behalf of the business as he was contracted to do, and hid his scheme by listing his business address as the point of contact instead of the victim business when the taxing authorities sent delinquent notices.
If convicted, TULLI faces a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty (20) years, and a $100 special assessment, and could also be ordered to pay restitution to the North Shore business.
U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that an indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by agents of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division and is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Carter K. D. Guice, Jr.
If you believe you have been a victim of fraud from a person or an organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of storm victims or have knowledge of waste, abuse, or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud toll free at: (866) 720-5721. You can also fax information to: (225) 334-4707 or e-mail it to: firstname.lastname@example.org