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Portland Woman Given 15 Months in Prison for Tax Evasion

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

PORTLAND, Ore. – Anna Ngo, 57, of Portland, was sentenced today to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay nearly $500,000 in restitution for a tax evasion scheme involving two local businesses. Ngo previously pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion in violation of 26 U.S.C. §7201 on December 14, 2017.

“As a business owner, Ms. Ngo had a legal obligation to pay her fair share of taxes and she failed to do so,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “Tax evasion is a serious crime that victimizes all Americans. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to pursue similar prosecutions in an effort to preserve the fairness and integrity of our tax system.”

“With the April 17th tax deadline looming, it is important for people to have confidence that when they pay their taxes, their neighbors and co-workers are doing the same,” said Troy A. Burrus, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the IRS Seattle Field Office.

According to court documents, Ngo evaded payment of her tax liabilities in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008 by placing two of her businesses, Hot Rocks Beauty Salon and Beyond Hair Nails Spa, in the names of nominees with the cooperation of her niece. Ngo told the IRS she did not own the businesses. Additionally, Ngo filed fraudulent income tax returns upon which she failed to report income from the two businesses. 

An investigation revealed that Ngo evaded payment of her outstanding tax liability. Her evasion included “quitclaiming,” or relinquishing ownership of rental property she owned to her son shortly before federal income tax liens were filed in 2011. Investigators also found that Ngo spent significant amounts of money at electronic stores, including $126,900 in 2011 alone, despite owing significant taxes and being aware of the liability. Multiple audits revealed that Ngo owes more than $502,000 in taxes, penalties and interest for 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008. 

This case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by Clemon D. Ashley, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

Updated April 4, 2018

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