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Grand Haven Man Sentenced On Tax Evasion Charges

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

           GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Matthew Daniels, 46, of Grand Haven, Michigan, having pled guilty to filing a false tax return, has been sentenced to serve 6 months in prison, followed by 1 year of supervised release, and ordered to pay more than $119,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr. announced today. Daniels was also ordered to pay a mandatory $100 special assessment. Mr. Miles was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation.

           According to the Plea Agreement filed on January 23, 2013, Daniels filed false tax returns for 2007 and 2008 with the Internal Revenue Service. In particular, Daniels under reported his gross receipts on his Schedule C for both 2007 and 2008. The 2008 tax return that Daniels filed was a false and fraudulent income tax return which under-reported gross receipts by $362,489. At sentencing, Judge Robert Holmes Bell found that the Government had established that Daniels had substantially underreported gross receipts and owed taxes to the Internal Revenue Service of $119,003.

           “Cheating on your taxes is the same as stealing,” said IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge, Erick Martinez. “We should not expect the honest taxpayer to foot the bill for those who hide income from the IRS.”

           This case is being prosecuted on behalf of the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Borgula and was investigated by Special Agents of the IRS Criminal Investigation.


Updated April 15, 2015