A business owner has been arrested on suspicion of tax evasion. The Louisiana cash register salesman is charged with failure to pay over $100,000 in sales tax. The fraud charge can come with serious penalties for this person should a conviction result. While prosecutors get ready to present their case in court, the businessman is likely contemplating his options for criminal defense.
The man was the owner of a business called Cash Control Systems. It is alleged that he failed to send an estimated $121, 396 in sales taxes he owed to the state of Louisiana over a span of five years. The arrest warrant claims the man was fully aware of the money he owed to the state.
The supposed owed amount has increased to over $200,000 due to penalties and interest. He was arrested on Sept. 20 and was booked into a local correctional facility on charges of criminal penalty for failing to account for state tax monies. A tax fraud initiative jointly brought by the state Attorney General's office and the Louisiana Department of Revenue has resulted in the arrest of 68 other people for similar tax crimes.
The state of Louisiana claims that the man has committed a fraud charge, but the burden of proof is on the government to actually prove the formal accusations in court. In the meantime, the business owner will likely be preparing a strong criminal defense with the help of his legal counsel. An experienced lawyer can be an effective support system for people facing similar criminal charges.
Source: wgno.com, "Metairie business owner accused of stealing $121K in sales taxes from the state", Sept. 20, 2017