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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Michigan Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

A Commerce Township, Michigan, resident pleaded guilty today in Detroit, Michigan to tax evasion, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.

According to court documents, Firas Hajjar owns and operates Your Fantasy Warehouse Inc. (YFW), an internet-only retail business that sells popular-culture shirts, sweaters, and other items. Hajjar provided fraudulent information to his accountant regarding corporate sales’ deposits for YFW, resulting in the filing of a false corporate return for 2012 underreporting YFW’s income. Hajjar also filed a false personal tax return for 2012, failing to report his full income from YFW.

United States District Court Judge Denise Page Hood scheduled sentencing for Jan. 28, 2020.  Hajjar faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, three years of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman commended special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Trial Attorney Mark McDonald of the Tax Division, who is prosecuting the case.

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

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Tax
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Press Release Number: 
19-1112
Updated October 17, 2019