California Man Pleads Guilty to Filing False Corporate Return
Underreported His Company’s Sales by More than $4.6 Million
A Dublin, California man pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California to filing a false tax return, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Brian Stretch for the Northern District of California.
According to documents filed with the court, Shiv D. Kumar, 60, of Dublin, California, was the sole shareholder and president of A-Paratransit Inc. (API), a company that provided transportation services to disabled individuals. Kumar filed false corporate returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for tax years 2009 and 2010, which underreported API’s gross receipts by $2,229,216 and $2,412,435, causing a tax loss of $1,584,055. Kumar deposited API’s receipts into three separate bank accounts held at different banks. To conceal API’s true gross receipts, Kumar provided his accountant with false books and records, which omitted gross receipts that he diverted to two of API’s accounts. Kumar used the unreported funds for personal expenditures, including purchasing property in the Vallejo, California area.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 7, 2017. The statutory maximum sentence for filing a false return is three years in prison. Kumar also faces a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.
Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg and U.S. Attorney Brian Stretch thanked special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorney José A. Olivera and Trial Attorney Rebecca J. Sable of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting the case.
Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found on the division’s website.