Ohio Accountant Gets 3 Years in Prison

An accountant from Ohio was sentenced to more than three years in prison for tax fraud. Bryan D. McCallum was sentenced in early December 2013. The charges against him included his participation in filing fraudulent tax refunds that totaled in excess of $8.8 million.

McCallum took the money obtained via the fraudulent tax filing to attempt to capture the attention of investors for a real estate venture he was promoting. McCallum plead guilty to charges claiming that he worked with his business partner, Brian D. Krantz to file the fraudulent tax forms. The forms included falsified reports of undistributed capital gains and the subsequent taxes that would have been withheld from those gains. It was through these methods that they filed the $8.8 million in requests for refunds.

The original indictment included 30 counts of making false claims for income tax refunds and one count of conspiring to make false claims against the United States. On the day of the indictment, Daryl Williams, IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge said “Today’s indictment proves that stealing from the government is a serious crime. It sends an important message to America’s taxpayers who play by the rules that we have no tolerance for those who make up their own rules.”

The false claims were made between April 2009 and June 2010.

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 10:00 AM