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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Massachusetts Business Owner Charged with Tax Crimes

Allegedly Concealed More than $4 Million in Business Receipts

A business owner was charged by a federal grand jury in Boston, Massachusetts, with attempting to obstruct the internal revenue laws, aiding and assisting in the filing of fraudulent corporate, personal, and employment tax returns, tax evasion, and structuring financial transactions, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.


According to the indictment, Nicholas Boulas, of North Reading, owned and operated Nick’s Painting Service Inc. (NPS), which provided painting services to residential and commercial customers in the Boston area.  From 2009 through 2014, Boulas allegedly concealed approximately $4 million in business receipts by cashing approximately $2.7 million in checks and directing a substantial number of customers to write checks to him personally, which he cashed and deposited using multiple personal bank accounts.  According to the indictment, he structured cash transactions to involve less than $10,000 in currency in order to evade the banks’ reporting requirements – banks are required to file reports with the U.S. Treasury for transactions involving more than $10,000 of currency, conducted by or on behalf of the same person on the same day.  


The indictment alleges that Boulas caused the filing of fraudulent corporate and personal income tax returns that underreported NPS’s gross receipts, and as a result, the income Boulas earned from NPS.  It further alleges that Boulas underreported income he earned from several rental properties.  Boulas also allegedly paid employees “off the books” in cash to avoid paying payroll taxes, and caused the filing of fraudulent employment tax returns that concealed the number of NPS’s employees, wages paid and taxes owed. 


Boulas is also charged with obstructing the internal revenue laws by, among other things, falsely stating to IRS special agents that he reported all of NPS’s income, obstructing an IRS summons and following his interview with special agents, altering checks he received from NPS customers to conceal the memo line and hide the purpose of the payments.


An indictment is not a finding of guilt.  Individuals charged in indictments are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


If convicted, Boulas faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison for tax evasion, three years for obstructing the internal revenue laws, three years for aiding and assisting in the filing of fraudulent returns and ten years in prison for structuring financial transactions as a part of a pattern of illegal activity involving more than $100,000 in a 12-month period and while violating another law of the United States.  He also faces a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.


Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg thanked special agents of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Assistant Chief John Kane and Trial Attorney Sarah Ranney of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting the case.


Additional information about the Tax Division’s enforcement efforts can be found on the division’s website.

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Updated November 9, 2017