METRO EAST, ILLINOIS, TAX LAW FIRM, WE REPRESENTED A HAIRDRESSER THAT HAD BUSINESSES IN SEVERAL CITIES. BASED ON THE LIFESTYLE AND EXPENDITURES OF THE HAIRDRESSER, INCLUDING TRIPS, LUXURY AUTOMOBILES, ETC., THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE WAS ABLE TO SHOW, BY AN INDIRECT METHOD OF PROOF, THAT EXPENDITURES WERE EXCEEDING REPORTED INCOME. THE HAIRDRESSER WAS CHARGED WITH VARIOUS COUNTS OF TAX EVASION. THERE WAS A JOINT INVESTIGATION WHICH INVOLVED TAX AGENCIES IN ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI. THERE WAS A PLEA NEGOTIATION IN REGARD TO WHICH THE CLIENT PLED GUILTY TO A SINGLE FELONY AND RECEIVED PROBATION, METRO EAST, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS, LAW FIRM HANDLING TAX CASES AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM CAIRO, ALEXANDER COUNTY, MOUNDS, PULASKI COUNTY, METROPOLIS, MASSAC COUNTY, ILLINOIS.
We represented a city attorney in Southern Illinois who was involved in a scheme whereby out-of-state truckers on an interstate highway were ticketed. They were allowed not to return to the area with a disposition of their case that included a fine and costs. The problem was that the city attorney was funneling the amounts receive into a separate account, and not for the city. In other words, the tickets were being dismissed, the amount were paid by the truckers but the amounts paid were not being received by the city. The attorney was charged with filing false tax returns because he did not report the income that he wrongfully received from the scheme.