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Atlanta man sentenced to 57 months for tax fraud

Amy Cheribelle

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ATLANTA — An Atlanta man has been sentenced to 57 months in prison by a federal district court in Cincinnati, Ohio, for tax evasion. An increase was added to the sentence for failing to report drug trafficking money. Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Vipal J. Patel of the Southern District of Ohio announced Monday, June 7.

According to court documents and statements, Darryl Brown earned at least $1 million from at least 2011 to 2016. To avoid paying taxes on his earnings, Brown did not file any return. He instead created nominee businesses, opened bank and credit accounts under those businesses, then used the funds for his lavish lifestyle.

Brown was reported to have had an extravagant overseas trip, Rolex and Cartier watches, luxury clothing and vehicles. Darryl Brown further used cash to purchase money orders in structured amounts to avoid reporting requirements to the Department of Treasury and the IRS. Brown subsequently utilized the money orders to settle his nominee accounts' balances. In total, Darryl Brown generated a tax loss of more than $25,000.

U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black in the Southern District of Ohio ordered Brown to serve on three years of supervised release and pay $377,240 in restitution to the IRS. IRS Criminal Investigation and local law enforcement officials conducted the investigation. The case was prosecuted by Tax Division Trial Attorneys Sarah C. Ranney and William Guappone. Criminal Chief Karl Kadon of the Southern District of Ohio provided substantial assistance in this matter.

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