Tax Commission News Release
Idahoans sentenced for tax fraud
BOISE, IDAHO — Jan. 29, 2018 — The Idaho State Tax Commission has stepped up its efforts to prosecute tax fraud. The agency is working with county prosecutors and the IRS to go after those who cheat on their taxes and bring them to justice. In the last six months, four individuals have pleaded guilty to tax fraud. They include:
Charles Colby, a Twin Falls man who pleaded guilty in November to income tax evasion and drug trafficking. He was sentenced to serve one to five years in jail with one year fixed.
Charlotte Pottorff, an Idaho Falls woman who pleaded guilty in November to income tax evasion and perjury. She was sentenced to serve one to five years in prison for perjury with one year fixed and received five years’ probation for tax evasion. She was also ordered to pay the Tax Commission $91,872 in restitution.
Samantha Thompson, a Boise woman who pleaded guilty in August to filing a false income tax return. She was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail and 100 hours of community service. She also agreed to pay the Tax Commission $1,460 in restitution.
Janet Roe, a Twin Falls CPA who pleaded guilty in November to making a false statement to the IRS. In response to an audit from the Idaho State Tax Commission, Roe falsified a document on behalf of a client. When special agents with the IRS interviewed Roe about the document, she falsely stated that she didn’t prepare the falsified document. Roe’s sentencing is set for late January. She faces up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.
“People who knowingly defraud the state when filing their taxes are not only committing a crime, but are not paying their lawful share of revenues needed to provide critical services like education, public safety, and roads. The Idaho State Tax Commission will continue to pursue tax evaders and work to prosecute tax crimes,” said Tax Commission Chairman Ken Roberts.
Tax fraud includes doing something to evade paying taxes, like filing a false document, filing a false tax return, or underreporting income. It also includes filing a tax return under someone else’s name to get a refund. And signing a false tax return is considered perjury.
The Tax Commission finds tax fraud from its routine identity theft fraud detection, tax audits, and tips from prosecutors and the public.
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