James C. Brewer of Staten Island was an IRS Revenue Officer, but for some reason, he thought it was a good idea to cheat on his taxes and hide outside sources of income.
Brewer, 39, recently pleaded guilty to 12 counts of wire fraud and filing or preparing false tax returns, one count of mail fraud and one count of committing perjury in U.S. Tax Court.
Brewer was trying to game the system. He was preparing people’s tax returns for cash (which is against IRS regulations) and he also had a profitable eBay business.
He didn’t report his for-cash tax preparation business at all, and he significantly underreported the receipts from his eBay sales. He also claimed false dependents and deductions on the returns he prepared to inflate his clients refunds (some of which he took for himself).
In 2012 Brewer lied under oath in a U.S. Tax Court about his residency, to fraudulently claim a tax credit for first-time homebuyers.
He faces up to 20 years in prison for each wire fraud and mail fraud count, up to three years for each tax fraud count, and as much as five years for the perjury.
-He really should have known better.