Serial Non-Filer Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

A man who did not file tax returns for several years in a row pleaded guilty to evading his income taxes on March 13, 2020.

According to court documents and statements made in court, from 2009 through 2016, Daryl Brown received taxable income, but did not file tax returns reporting his income or pay the taxes he owed.  To evade his taxes, Brown opened bank accounts and lines of credit in nominee names and used credit and debit cards from those accounts to pay for personal expenses.  He also bought money orders with cash, directed others to buy money orders for him, and structured his purchase of money orders–sometimes from several locations on the same day–to avoid triggering reporting requirements that would have flagged his activity to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Brown’s conduct caused a tax loss of more than $250,000 to the IRS.

Brown faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.  He also faces a period of supervised release and monetary penalties. As part of his plea agreement, Brown will pay restitution to the United States.

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Vani Murthy, CPA | 11/21/2020