Former Stanislaus County Resident Arrested for Tax Evasion
FRESNO, Calif. — Frank A. Bilan, 66, of Lodi, was arrested today on a three-count indictment charging him with one count of corrupt endeavor to obstruct and impede the administration of the internal revenue laws and two counts of failing to file tax returns, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, Bilan, who formerly lived in Newman in Stanislaus County, earned income as a salaried engineer and through his engineering consulting business. However, Bilan did not timely file tax returns for tax years 2001 through 2009. When the IRS sent correspondence to Bilan regarding past due taxes, Bilan responded by submitting fictitious financial instruments titled “Money Order” or “Money Order Private Issue” in purported payment of his tax liabilities, attempting to file false purported income tax returns, and falsely reporting on an IRS form the discharge of monies owed by Bilan to the IRS. Bilan also failed to file income tax returns for tax years 2008 and 2009. The indictment alleges that between 2005 and 2009, Bilan received over $900,000 in income.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Henry Z. Carbajal III is prosecuting the case.
If convicted of a corrupt endeavor to obstruct and impede the administration of the internal revenue laws, Bilan faces a maximum statutory penalty of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum statutory penalty for willful failure to file a tax return is up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would 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. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.