Recently Marian Kay Dombroski, a resident of Whittemore, was sentenced to 12 months, 1 day in prison after pleading guilty to one count of attempting to evade and defeat the payment of tax according to court documents. Dombroski and her husband reportedly purposely tried to avoid paying income tax to the IRS for the years 2000 through 2003.
Dombroski owed income taxes for the four year period in the amount of $105,827.70, and used various methods to avoid paying the taxes owed. According to case documents filed in January of this year, the defendant failed to file income tax returns with the IRS and concealed or attempted to conceal the correct income and asset information from the U.S. government. Dombroski will also be on supervised release for one year upon her release from prison, and must pay the IRS taxes owed in addition to penalties and/or interest. Court documents indicate the defendant will make payments to the IRS on a monthly basis.
The statutory penalties for this offense which is a violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7201 is a maximum of five years in prison, with up to three years of supervised release upon release from prison. Fines of up to $100,000 also apply in some cases in addition to repayment of back taxes to the IRS.
While Dombroski evaded payment of a total of $105,827.70 in income taxes, documents show the total tax loss amounts to nearly $298,000 after including the civil fraud penalty and accumulated interest.
Income tax evasion is a serious offense; many people do not realize the potential consequences of their actions. In attempting to evade or defeat paying taxes, the defendant commits a felony crime for which the punishment may be several years in prison along with hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and other penalties allowed by law.
If you have been charged with income tax evasion or any financial or “white collar” crime, it is critical to speak with a seasoned Michigan criminal defense lawyer right away. A skilled attorney can provide the legal guidance and support essential to the best possible outcome in your case.