Two Sioux Falls Men Sentenced to Nearly 12 Years and Four Years, Respectively, in Federal Prison for Roles in Fraud and Money Laundering Schemes
United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that Jacques Eviglo, age 37, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was found guilty of 25 counts of making false claims and 5 counts of wire fraud as a result of a five-day federal jury trial in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The false claims charges carry a maximum penalty of 5 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. The wire fraud charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Eviglo was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 23, 2018.
Eviglo did business as Global Income Tax Services, located in Sioux Falls. He prepared and electronically filed federal income tax returns for clients. Eviglo claimed large, false itemized deductions on hundreds of those returns. These false deductions were used to lower the federal tax liability on the returns and falsely inflate the refund amounts. The clients did not provide Eviglo with the false information he submitted to the United States government.
Eviglo then utilized a third party company as an intermediary to receive and disburse his clients’ federal income tax refund payments instead of having the payments directly deposited into his clients’ bank accounts. Unbeknownst to his clients, Eviglo skimmed additional “fees” from those refund payments. Eviglo kept the skimmed portion for himself. The total amount Eviglo skimmed exceeded $800,000 over a four-year period of time.
“The message here is simple,” said U.S. Attorney Parsons. “Do not try to steal from the United States government. You will be caught and you will be prosecuted.”
This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann M. Hoffman and Criminal Division Deputy Chief John E. Haak prosecuted the case.
A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date was set for November 26, 2018.