Californian Accused Of Taking Part In Tax Scheme
A man from Vallejo, California, was recently charged with tax evasion and mail fraud for allegedly masterminding a Ponzi scheme and not reporting earnings to the Internal Revenue Service.
Duane Eddings, 49, was accused of making false statements in a 2008 bankruptcy petition, according to The Vallejo Times-Herald. He did not report full earnings in the filing, listing approximately $17,800 for both 2006 and 2007, when he actually earned $1.3 million and $44,000 during those years, respectively. The bankruptcy court removed his debts during the process.
He was previously arrested in 2009 for taking part in the Ponzi scheme along with his alleged accomplice, Robert Brown, the news source reported. Brown will be sentenced in August for the scheme, after pleading guilty earlier this year.
Eddings' previous charges are replaced by the new indictment, according to the news source. The case was investigated by the IRS and U.S. Postal Service.
If he is convicted, Eddings could serve 35 years in prison and pay $750,000 in fines, the news source added.