North Carolina Couple Sentenced For Tax Fraud, Other Crimes
A couple from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for conspiring to defraud the U.S. government, health care fraud and tax evasion, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
Ruben McLain, 40, and Michelle McLain, 38, must also serve an additional three years of supervised release, as well as restitution amounting to more than $1.3 million to the Internal Revenue Service. The couple's crimes involved three companies in Winston-Salem that acted as health care organizations. One bank account was created for Universal Services, Inc., with a false tax ID.
The couple used the account to pay for multiple personal expenses, and also evaded tax payments and did not file an income tax return with the IRS from 2004 to 2007.
The couple was originally charged last September, and pleaded guilty to the charges in January of this year. The IRS' Criminal Investigation Division, Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General and the North Carolina Medical Fraud Unit all aided in the investigation of the McLains.