Husband and Wife Face YEARS in Prison
Husband and wife Shannon Johnson (49) and Yvette Johnson (50) of Laytonsville, Maryland, and Corona, California, were indicted on charges in connection with an alleged fraudulent advance fee scheme and tax evasion and ordered to appear in court August 1.
- Purchase Bentley, Mercedes Benz, and BMW automobiles;
- Lease a $3.5-million residence in California for $18,000 a month;
- Travel on private jets; and
- Pay the mortgage on their Laytonsville residence.
- Filed individual tax returns for the tax years 1998 through 2001 using false W-2s to fraudulently generate a total of $66,097 in refund claims,
- Evaded the payment of their 2002 through 2006 corporate and individual taxes totaling $98,220, and
- Evaded the assessment of their 2007 through 2009 taxes.
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In addition, they attempted to conceal their income and assets from the IRS by:
- Selling assets in their own names,
- Titling assets in the names of nominees,
- Using multiple bank accounts in three states to disperse and conceal income,
- Using nominees and fraudulent taxpayer identification numbers to open and maintain bank accounts, and
- Using multiple business names to conduct business.
- A maximum sentence of twenty years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud,
- Twenty years in prison on each of four counts to commit wire fraud and one count of mail fraud,
- Ten years in prison for conspiracy to commit money laundering,
- Ten years in prison on each of fourteen counts for money laundering,
- Three years in prison for corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the IRS, and
- Five years in prison on each of four counts for tax evasion.