Cannabis Distributor Gets Federal Prison

Cannabis Distributor Gets Federal Prison

Cannabis Distributor Gets Federal Prison – for failing to report over $1 million in revenue from cannabis distribution activities.

A Santa Rosa, California, real estate salesperson was sentenced to 24 months in prison yesterday for filing a false income tax return that did not report income earned from the sale of marijuana, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and United States Attorney Alex G. Tse of the Northern District of California.

According to court documents, Charles T. Woods, from 2012 to 2014, deposited more than $1 million dollars in cash earned from his marijuana distribution business into over 25 bank accounts he controlled.  Woods hid this income from his tax return preparers by providing them with incomplete financial information, which in turn caused the filing of false tax returns for tax years 2012, 2013, and 2014.  The total tax loss caused by Woods’ conduct was over $450,000.

Cannabis Distributor Gets Federal Prison

There is a lesson here everyone…just because cannabis has become legal in California, the rules with respect to income tax evasion haven’t changed at all. Expensive watches, cars, furnishings are one of the first clues that will attract the IRS Criminal Investigation Division’s eyes. The IRS manual identifies social media as a great starting point for investigation.

Cannabis Distributor Gets Federal Prison

 

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