Georgia Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Wire Fraud, Wire Fraud Conspiracy, and Aiding in the Filing of False Tax Returns
Acting U.S. Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler announced that Angelo Kanaris, 42, of Strongsville, Ohio, was sentenced on Monday, March 14, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Christopher A. Boyko to six months in prison, six months of home confinement and ordered to pay $87,068 in restitution to the IRS after Kanaris pleaded guilty to a Bill of Information charging him with one count of bank fraud and four counts of filing a false tax return.
According to court documents, beginning in 2013, Kanaris worked as an accountant for a Cleveland-area company, where he was responsible for writing checks to the company vendors and preparing sales tax returns. During this time, Kanaris began writing checks ostensibly on behalf of the company to third-party vendors; however, Kanaris used a mobile deposit feature to deposit these checks into his bank account for personal use.
From in or around 2013 through 2017, Kanaris embezzled approximately $375,656.55 from the company while working as an accountant. Additionally, Kanaris failed to report this income change as taxable income on his personal tax returns for the years 2013 through 2017.
This case was investigated by the FBI and Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alejandro A. Abreu.