According to a press release issued April 18, 2018 by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Las Vegas, Nevada-based realtor William Waller was indicted the previous day on a laundry list of tax and financial crimes, including (1) failure to file multiple tax returns, (2) willful tax evasion, (3) making false statements to a financial institution, and (4) attempting to interfere with Internal Revenue laws. Any one of these charges could have resulted in months, perhaps years of prison time – but because the accusations are numerous, Waller risks a devastating sentence of up to four decades if convicted.
The DOJ reports that on April 17, a Nevada grand jury returned an indictment for defendant William Waller. A jury may only return an indictment, which is another term for a criminal charge, if the evidence against the defendant appears to establish probable cause to believe the defendant may have broken the law. In felony cases filed at the federal level, the defendant may choose to waive his or her right to an indictment – a strategy which typically predicts a guilty plea. Conversely, declining to waive indictment suggests that a defendant may intend to fight the charges.
The indictment makes a series of serious accusations against the defendant, alleging the following:
At this early stage, it is uncertain which direction the case against Waller will take. What is certain, however, is that he will face incredibly severe penalties if found guilty. Between the maximum sentences for each offense – one year for each count of failing to file returns, three years for tax obstruction, five years for tax evasion, and a shocking 30 years for making false statements to a bank – Waller may be incarcerated for decades.
If you have failed to file tax returns, failed to pay taxes, underreported your income, or in any way interfered with the work of IRS agents or auditors, you are at risk for finding yourself at the center of a similar criminal investigation. It is crucial to take swift and strategic action with help from an Orange County tax evasion lawyer to construct a strong platform for building your defense.
At this juncture, it may still be possible to dramatically reduce the penalties you face – but the longer you wait to seek legal counsel, the fewer options you will have. Where tax noncompliance is concerned, an early and proactive response is key. For a reduced-rate consultation with an award-winning criminal tax defense attorney who is equipped with over 20 years of experience defending taxpayers in federal court, contact the Tax Law Office of David W. Klasing online, or call our tax firm at (800) 681-1295 right away.
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