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Owner of Colorado Martial Arts Academy Charged With Tax Crimes

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

A federal grand jury sitting in Denver, Colorado has returned an indictment, which was unsealed yesterday, charging an Arvada, Colorado resident with failure to pay over payroll taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and filing false corporate tax returns, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.  

According to the indictment, Marlene Seo owned and operated National Martial Arts Academy.   From 2011 through 2013, Seo allegedly directed deposits of income from her martial arts school into bank accounts that she did not disclose to her bookkeeper and accountants, which resulted in her underreporting the business’s gross receipts on corporate tax returns for tax years 2011, 2012, and 2013.

The indictment further alleges that from 2012 through June 2014 Seo failed to pay the IRS payroll taxes that she withheld from employees’ paychecks, despite her obligation to do so.

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman commended special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Tax Division Trial Attorneys Anahi Cortada and Lisa L. Bellamy, who are prosecuting the case.

Updated May 4, 2018

Press Release Number: 18-577