Six Indicted in $18 Million Tax Fraud Scheme

By: USDOJ Press Release
By: USDOJ Press Release

PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA, – May 29, 2012 --

Six individuals have been charged with conspiring to defraud the United States in filing false tax returns. The grand jury’s 54-count indictment also charges each defendant with filing and/or aiding others in filing false claims. The announcement of the charges by Pamela C. Marsh, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, follows the arraignment of the last two defendants today.

Blaine Johnston, 62, of Marianna; Hector A. Cabrera, 67, Diana Gonzalez, 63, and Wilfredo Rodriguez, 53, all of Miami; and Angel Done, 54, and Wilson Calle, 55, both of New York, are alleged to have conspired together to defraud the United States by obtaining fraudulent tax refunds by filing, or assisting others in filing, false federal income tax returns. The indictment charges that between 2008 and 2009, members of the group prepared and filed, or assisted others in doing so, fraudulent returns seeking more than $18 million in tax refunds. The indictment further alleges that these returns falsely reported that the defendants’ and/or their clients’ creditors had withheld large amounts of federal income taxes and paid this money over to the IRS. As a result of fraudulently overstating the income tax withheld, the tax returns claimed large tax refunds to which the defendants and their clients were not entitled.

Trial is currently scheduled for July 23, 2012. If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison for conspiracy and five years on each count of filing, and/or aiding others in filing, false claims. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys J. Ryan Love and Randall J. Hensel.

An indictment is merely a formal charge by the grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until the government establishes their guilt at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.

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  • by Anonymous on May 30, 2012 at 09:12 PM
    Only 6?, this has got to be the smallest point of the iceberg as nationally there are likely thousands who are doing/have done this with the belief it`s only illegal if you get caught just as most of our politicians believe.
  • by The Taxpay Yours on May 30, 2012 at 04:30 PM
    Ham Sandwiches have been indicted. But, this isn't about defrauding the United States if the United States is borrowing money from China to stay in business!
  • by truth on May 30, 2012 at 02:36 PM
    Wow and scott wasn't among them !! unbelievable!!!
  • by Anonymous on May 30, 2012 at 07:14 AM
  • by Anonymous on May 30, 2012 at 01:45 AM
    Is Wilson Calle the same as Jose Ricardo Aguirre-Arias? Just askin. Evelyn Johnston died Jan 1 2012. Her husband Blaine Johnston and her owned Abaco Executive Services. I hope nobody else used these services?
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