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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Morgantown CPA charged with tax fraud

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Certified Public Accountant Gregory N. Cason, 45, of Morgantown, West Virginia, with tax fraud, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Cason prepared tax returns for AKA Enterprises, Inc., a business entity operating several business in Morgantown, including a bar and restaurant facility. Cason is alleged to have knowingly underreported income, failed to report expenses paid in cash, and failed to report periodic cash payments to employees.

Cason is charged with one count of "Conspiracy to Defraud the Internal Revenue Service and to Aid and Assist in the Preparation and Filing of False Tax Forms," for which he faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00. He is further charged with two counts of "Aid and Assist in the Preparation and Filing of False Tax Form." He faces up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00 on each count. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McWilliams is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated January 8, 2016