Realtor Indicted for Tax Evasion and False Statements
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – A two-count indictment was filed today in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee, charging William “Geri” Eaton, 59, with tax evasion and making false statements in a matter involving a health care benefit program.
The indictment alleges that between August 2010 and December 2011, Eaton willfully evaded payment of more than $650,000 in federal income taxes by concealing from the Internal Revenue Service the nature, location, and extent of his assets, by making false and misleading statements and material omissions concerning the existence of IRS liens on his property, and by opening a bank account using a false social security number. The indictment also alleges that in October 2011, Eaton made false statements and submitted false documents in a matter involving Sacred Heart Health System.
If convicted, Eaton faces a maximum of five years in prison on each count of the indictment.
The case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karen Rhew-MillerAn indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.