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FALL RIVER MAN CHARGED WITH TAX FRAUD

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2010

BOSTON, Mass. - A Fall River man was charged today in federal court with falsifying his company’s wage and withholding information in order to fraudulently generate large income tax refunds for his family, employees, and former employees.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Susan Dukes, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation - Boston Field Division, announced today that MICHAEL J. MOLLER, 31, was charged in an Indictment with multiple counts of assisting in the filing of false tax returns and impeding the due administration of the Internal Revenue laws.

The Indictment alleges that MOLLER was the sole owner and operator of a Cape Cod based moving company, Continental Movers, Inc. (“CMI”). In 2007, MOLLER came up with a scheme whereby he issued false CMI Forms W2 reflecting inflated wages and withholding figures for persons who worked for CMI, persons who formerly worked for CMI, and family members. MOLLER enlisted participants to submit fraudulent tax returns based on the false Forms W2 that caused the participants to receive substantial refunds to which they were not entitled. Typically, the refunds generated by the filing of these fraudulent tax returns based on MOLLER’s false Forms W2 were at least $9,000. In most cases, the participant was allowed to keep $1,000 as compensation for participating in the scheme and the lion’s share of the refund went to MOLLER.

If convicted on these charges, MOLLER faces up to three years imprisonment to be followed by one year of supervised release, and a $ 250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by IRS, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori J. Holik of Ortiz's Economic Crimes Unit.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

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