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Manhattan Beach Resident Convicted of Embezzlement and Filing False Tax Returns

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of California

          WASHINGTON – A federal jury convicted a Manhattan Beach resident today of wire fraud and filing false tax returns, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Alana W. Robinson for the Southern District of California.

          According to the evidence presented at trial, James Miller was the president and managing partner of MWRC Internet Sales LLC, an Internet sales company. As part of his duties, Miller had check signing authority for the company’s business bank account. From January 2009 through October 2012, Miller wrote unauthorized checks to himself, embezzling more than $300,000 from the company. Miller used this money to pay for personal expenses and did not report it on his personal tax returns for 2009 through 2012, causing a tax loss of approximately $58,000.

          Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 7, 2017. Miller faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each count of wire fraud and three years in prison for each count of filing a false tax return. He also faces a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.

          Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg and Acting U.S. Attorney Robinson commended special agents of FBI and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Rebecca Kanter and Trial Attorney Benjamin Weir of the Tax Division, who prosecuted the case.

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

Updated June 20, 2017

Press Release Number: 17-641