Every United States citizen is required to properly file his or her income tax returns by April 15th of each year. While the vast majority of citizens follow their duty and file their taxes on time and with honesty, there are some people who try to get away with tax fraud. Sometimes, the individuals who commit tax fraud are those who are in high authority positions; people you would never anticipate would try to bypass the laws that they are hired to uphold.
Recently, a DC Metropolitan police officer was convicted of tax fraud, following a trial that took a total of five days. The news was released by the Department of Justice, who made the announcement in the form of a press release for all to see.
Failing to Properly File His Income Tax Returns
According to officials, a man named Ishmeal Heru-Bey, who was formerly known as Jamal Adams, has been convicted of corruptly attempting to obstruct the IRS. The man is a resident of Glenarden, Maryland.
Heru-Bey failed to file his individual tax returns by the appropriate deadline between the years 2005 and 2012. He has also been charged with submitting three false W4 IRS forms and claiming falsely that he was exempt from withholdings for his income taxes.
In March of 2015, Heru-Bey was indicted on these tax charges, as he had filed false tax returns for the 2011 and 2014 years.
He had also claimed deductions that were connected to unreimbursed expenses as an employee, such as vehicle mileage, dry cleaning, meals, and uniforms. But officials stated that he wasn’t supposed to claim these expenses because he had been on paid leave from the police department when those claims were made.
There was also evidence that proved the total tax loss from 2005 to 2011, as well as for 2014, was more than $90,000.
Officials have stated the Heru-Bey has been scheduled for sentencing on January 7, 2016. If convicted, he potentially faces a maximum sentence of a $250,000 fine and a total of three years in jail.
These consequences come as no surprise to those who are familiar with the repercussions of tax fraud. If Heru-Bey had simply paid his taxes appropriately and filed his deductions honestly, he could have avoided all of these problems and he would be able to continue working as a police officer in the DC area.