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Florida CPA Indicted For Tax Fraud

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

BOSTON – A Florida man was charged in U.S. District Court in Boston and arrested today in Miami in connection with failing to report more than $800,000 in income to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Greg Takesian, 52, of Miami, Fla., was indicted on Oct. 7, 2015, on four counts of filing false tax returns and arrested today in Miami.  Takesian was ordered to report to Boston to face these charges during an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Miami this afternoon.

According to the indictment, from 2008 to 2011, Takesian failed to report more than $800,000 of income and owes more than $200,000 in income taxes to the IRS.  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 of Takesian & Company, he did not have an ownership stake.  Between 2008 and 2011, Takesian & Company received more than $1 million for tax and consulting services from At Home VNA, a home health company located in Waltham.

In accordance with his duties, Takesian had check-writing authority, and took out several Takesian & Company credit cards in his name.  During that time period, however, Takesian used several hundred thousand dollars of Takesian & Company funds for his personal use, without reporting this income on his tax disclosures. Furthermore, Takesian gave his wife more than $500,000 and another woman $200,000 of Takesian & Company funds through checks and cash deposits.  Takesian allowed his wife and others to use Takesian & Company credit cards to make more than $50,000 of purchases for non-business expenses, such as cruises, jewelry, intimate women’s apparel, makeup, iTunes, and Home Shopping Network purchases.  Takesian used Takesian & Company funds to pay the rent on his personal residence, but did not report any of this income on his tax returns.

Takesian also allegedly failed to file tax returns for Takesian & Company between 2008 and 2011. While his father reported some Takesian & Company earnings on his personal tax returns, the figures he reported were based on information provided by Takesian, which represented a fraction of Takesian & Company’s actual 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.  Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston, made the announcement today.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David S. Schumacher of Ortiz’s Health Care Fraud Unit.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations.  The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated October 9, 2015