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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 15, 2014

Dearborn Heights Woman Pleads Guilty To Filing A False Tax Return

Janey Golani, 54, of Dearborn Heights, Michigan pleaded guilty on August 14, 2014 to willfully filing false tax returns, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today. 

McQuade was joined in the announcement by Jarod Koopman, Acting Special Agent of the Detroit Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation.

Golani entered the guilty plea in United States District Court before Judge Stephen J. Murphy, III.  According to the court records, Golani was employed by Hind Oram as the office manager of several companies she owned.  The information presented to the court at the time of the plea showed that from 2006 through 2009, Golani began embezzling money from her employer which she used for her personal benefit. 

Golani knew that the income from the monies she embezzled was reportable as taxable income on her federal income tax returns.  However, she intentionally failed to report this income.  Golani filed a 2008 Individual Income Tax Return, Form 1040,  knowing that the return was not true and correct and that the amount of income reported on the return was understated by approximately $234,641.  By failing to report the embezzlement income, Golani reduced her tax liability by $77,072.  Overall, Golani failed to report the embezzled funds on her 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 federal income tax returns causing a tax loss of more than $225,000.

“The Internal Revenue Tax Code is clear; income that is derived from illegal sources is subject to income tax.  Ms. Golani stole from her employer and filed false tax returns, both serious crimes for which she is being held accountable,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Koopman.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 9, 2015 at 10 a.m.  in front of the Hon. Stephen J. Murphy, III

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ross MacKenzie.  The case was investigated by Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation.

Updated March 19, 2015