Florida CPA Convicted By Federal Jury in Boston of Tax Fraud
BOSTON – A Florida man was convicted today by a federal jury in Boston of multiple counts of tax fraud and obstructing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Greg Takesian, 53, of Miami, Fla., was convicted following a five-day jury trial of four counts of filing false tax returns and one count of attempting to obstruct and impede the IRS. U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young scheduled sentencing for Feb. 3, 2018.
Takesian, a certified public accountant (CPA), worked for Takesian & Company, a tax consulting firm owned by his father. Although Takesian ran the day-to-day business, he did not have an ownership stake in the company. Between 2008 and 2011, Takesian & Company received more than $2 million for tax and consulting services from At Home VNA, a home health company located in Waltham.
Takesian spent more than $991,000, taken from Takesian & Company’s bank account, on personal expenses, including cash and check payments to his wife and his girlfriend. In total, Takesian gave his wife more than $500,000 from the company bank account and his girlfriend over $200,000 of company funds. He also spent the money on Caribbean cruises, expensive clothing and nightclubs. After learning of the federal investigation, Takesian also filed false corporate and personal amended returns in an effort to cover up the nearly $1 million of unreported income.
The charging statute provides a sentence of no greater than three years in prison, one year of supervised release, and a fine of $100,000 on each count. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Joel P. Garland, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston; and Phillip Coyne, Special Agent in Charge of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Neil J. Gallagher and Rachel Y. Hemani of Weinreb’s Criminal Division are prosecuting the case.