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Monday, 17 August 2020 20:27

MA Auto Body Shop Owner Charged with Tax Fraud

The owner of auto body shops in Everett and Worcester, MA, was charged Aug. 12 with a payroll tax scheme resulting in a $292,231 tax loss. 

Adam Haddad, 43, of Shrewsbury, MA, was charged and has agreed to plead guilty to three counts of aiding the preparation of false tax returns.

 

As alleged in the information, for tax quarters ending in March 2015 through June 2017, Haddad paid a significant portion of the wages to employees of his company, Accurate Collision, Inc., “under the table.”  

 

In doing so, Haddad caused Accurate Collision, Inc., to file false returns with the IRS, which underreported the actual wages he had paid his employees as well as the employment taxes due to the IRS. In total, Haddad caused a loss to the IRS of at least $292,231.

 

The charging statue provides for a sentence of up to three years in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

 

U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Kristina O’Connell, special agent in charge of the IRS’s criminal investigation, made the announcement Aug. 12. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Miron Bloom of Lelling’s securities, financial and cyber fraud unit is prosecuting the case.

 

Source: The U.S. District Attorney’s Office of Massachusetts

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