New York CPA sentenced to 14 months in jail

A CPA from New York has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for filing a tax return in his own name that contained materially false information.

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The IRS headquarters building in Washington, D.C.

Christopher Miu, 58, pleaded guilty in January before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini to one count of subscribing to a tax return that he knew substantially understated his gross income (see Tax Fraud Blotter: The artful dodger). Judge Martini imposed the sentence last Friday in Newark federal court.

Between 2008 and 2014, according to prosecutors, Miu initially failed to file his own income tax returns, but when he finally filed returns for those years, he under-reported his gross income, leading to a tax loss to the federal government of more than $550,000.

Along with a prison term, Martini sentenced Miu to one year of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution of $670,000.

U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito credited IRS-Criminal Investigation’s special agents, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jonathan R. Tafur, for conducting the investigation leading to the sentencing.

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