Johnson County Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Filing False Tax Return, Wire Fraud
|U.S. Attorney’s Office March 12, 2014|
KANSAS CITY, KS—A tax preparer in Johnson County pleaded guilty today to federal tax fraud charges that cost a Kansas company more than $744,000, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
John M. Moore, 52, of Lenexa, Kansas, pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false tax return and one count of wire fraud. In his plea, he admitted a company he owns, Accent Payroll Services (APS), was hired to provide payroll processing services for Tytan International L.L.C., of Lenexa. From 2008 to 2010, APS was responsible for paying the wages of Tytan’s employees, withholding employment taxes, filing Tytan’s employment tax returns on Internal Revenue Service form 941 and paying withheld employment taxes to the IRS.
Moore transferred more than $2 million in employment tax withholdings from Tytan’s bank account to his company’s bank account. However, he only paid the IRS approximately $1.3 million. To keep Tytan from receiving notices from the IRS that taxes were not paid, Moore gave the IRS an address for Tytan at a post office box he controlled.
Sentencing is set for May 29. He faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison and a fine up to $100,000 on the charge of filing a false tax return and a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the wire fraud count.
Grissom commended the Internal Revenue Service, the FBI, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley for their work on the case.