A California nightclub owner has been arrested on tax and insurance fraud. Jonathan DeVeaux, a Cerritos resident was the part owner of the Savoy Entertainment Center. DeVeaux is accused of underreporting the number of employees working at the club. The underreporting allowed DeVeaux to reduce the club’s workers’ compensation insurance premium. Between 2009 and 2014, investigators estimate that the club defrauded the State Compensation Insurance Fund of more than $140,000 in premiums.
Insurance and tax fraud
DeVeaux also paid a number of employees in cash, which reduced his payroll tax liability to the California Employment Development Department by more than $500,000. In addition, investigators determined that DeVeaux underreported the club’s sales tax liability between 2006 and 2014 by underreporting more than $5.4 million, even though he collected the sales tax from the club’s patrons. Investigators allege that DeVeaux pocketed more than $500,000 in collected but unreported sales tax
Many people associate tax fraud and tax evasion with federal crimes, but tax fraud and tax evasion charges can also be levied against you at the state level. The state levies a variety of taxes that both businesses and individuals are responsible for. Examples of tax fraud and tax evasion crimes include failing to report all of your income, making false claims for income tax or other tax refunds, failing to file income tax returns, evading taxes through businesses and creating business records that understate income or overstate expenses.
If you’ve been arrested for California state tax crimes including tax fraud, insurance fraud or tax evasion, Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend can help you prepare a successful criminal defense.
Mr. Helfend has worked as a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years and works exclusively with criminal defense cases. No matter what the nature of the crimes you’ve been charged with, Mr. Helfend will work to get the fraud charges against you reduced or dropped. He will not judge you based upon what you’ve been accused of, but will work to defend your rights throughout the judicial process.
Work with a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who will provide an aggressive and effective defense in tax fraud cases. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County tax fraud case.
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