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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Precious Metals Dealer Pleads Guilty To Federal Tax Charge

Defendant Was a Choir Teacher at Cross Timbers Middle School in Grapevine, Texas

DALLAS — Joel Anderson appeared in federal court this morning, before U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor, and pleaded guilty to an information that charges one count of willfully making and subscribing a false income tax return.  Anderson faces a statutory maximum penalty of three years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution – including all taxes, interest and penalties owed to the U.S.  Sentencing is set for November 21, 2013, before Judge O’Connor.  Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

According to the factual resume filed in the case, Anderson, a Dallas resident, owned Richardson Gold & Silver Exchange and Frisco Gold & Silver Exchange.

Anderson willfully and substantially underreported his income, which he derived from these businesses, for tax years 2008 through 2010, according to the factual resume.  During those tax years, the factual resume goes on to state, Anderson deposited checks into his personal bank account from the sale of precious metals totaling more than $1 million, but did not report this income on his personal or corporate returns.

According to the plea agreement filed in the case, Anderson’s offense, including relevant conduct, resulted in a $194,273 tax loss to the U.S.

The case is being investigated by Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Revesz is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated June 22, 2015