FORMER MANDEVILLE CPA, ANTHONY TULLI, SENTENCED FOR FRAUD AND TAX CRIMES
ANTHONY TULLI, age 61, a resident of Mandeville, Louisiana, was sentenced yesterday by U. S. District Court Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr., to serve forty one (41) months in federal prison, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Duval imposed three (3) years of supervisory release following the term of imprisonment, during which time the defendant will be under federal supervision and risks an additional term of imprisonment should he violate any terms of his supervised release. TULLI was also ordered to pay full restitution to the three victims in the case. TULLI, a certified public accountant and owner of “Two Dagos in Heat” accounting service, previously pled guilty on October 26, 2011, to a four count superceding bill of information.
TULLI’s victims include:
- A North Shore salon business he schemed out of at least $40,000 when he 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.
- Another North Shore business engaged in oil field consulting from which TULLI used the interstate wire system to steal more than $170,000. In this instance TULLI, while contracted to perform payroll services, fraudulently overstated the amount of state and federal unemployment taxes and FICA withholdings in his bi-weekly billings to the firm. In this instance, TULLI caused data to be transmitted in forty-six (46) counts via email which he used to prepare the fraudulently inflated invoices.
- A third North Shore business, a scrap metal company, TULLI had contracted with yet failed to submit more than $800,000 in federal taxes over to the IRS.
The case was investigated by agents of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and was prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Carter K. D. Guice, Jr.
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