Lapeer Man Convicted on Federal Tax Evasion
Flint, Michigan - George Balcewicz, III, 44, of Lapeer, Michigan, was convicted yesterday by a federal jury on 8 counts of tax evasion, announced United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade.
United States Attorney McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez, IRS-Criminal Investigation.
The jury deliberated for approximately 2 hours before returning the guilty verdicts, concluding a 3 day trial before United Stated District Judge Mark A. Goldsmith.
According to the evidence presented at trial, during the 2001 through 2008 tax years, Balcewicz earned taxable wages totaling over $569,000 through his employment as an electrician. In attempting to evade his taxes, Balcewicz provided his employers with false Form W-4s claiming that he was exempt from income tax withholdings, and failed to timely file his federal income tax returns with the IRS. Balcewicz failed to pay over $60,000 in taxes due to the IRS.
"Those Americans who file honest tax returns can rest assure that the government will hold accountable those, like George Balcewicz, who don't," said Erick Martinez, Special Agent in Charge IRS-Criminal Investigation.
Tax evasion carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000, per count.