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Folsom Man Pleads Guilty to Making and Subscribing False Tax Returns

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Zarko Danilov, 67, of Folsom, pleaded guilty today to two counts of making and subscribing a false tax return, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, Danilov owned and operated a dental laboratory business called Danilov’s Dental Lab. Danilov hid the true amount of gross receipts received from his business from his tax return preparers. For the tax years 2015 and 2016, Danilov failed to provide his return preparer the bank statements for one additional business bank account and one personal bank account. For the tax year 2017, Danilov failed to provide his return preparer the bank statements for that same business bank account and a different personal bank account. During a civil audit by the IRS, Danilov lied to a tax examiner about only having one bank account for business and personal matters.

In total, Danilov’s income for tax years 2015, 2016, and 2017 was underreported by at least $1,271,694. The total amount lost by the IRS as a result of defendant’s criminal conduct for those tax years was approximately $283,359.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise N. Yasinow is prosecuting the case.

Danilov is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley on Aug. 25, 2022. Danilov faces a maximum statutory penalty of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

Updated May 19, 2022