A Silver Spring man who owned a tax preparation business tried to evade more than $300,000 in taxes but got hit with a stiffer penalty Wednesday instead: jail time and probation.
U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Alejandro A. Salas, 65, to 18 months in prison and a year of supervised release for making a fraudulent tax return, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland. Titus also ordered Salas to pay restitution amounting to $393,018 and perform 100 hours of community service, according to the release.
From 2004 to 2008, Salas ran a tax return preparation business in Silver Spring which also offered services like translation services, travel agency services and accounting and bookkeeping services for local companies, the statement said.
Between 2004 and 2009, Salas’ business prepared over 15,700 tax returns for clients, according to the Attorney’s Office statement.
Salas admitted that for tax years 2003 through 2005, he underreported the income from his tax preparation business on his individual income tax returns; and underreported the income from the business on the corporate tax return he filed for the 2006 tax year. For tax years 2007 through 2009, Salas failed to file either corporate or individual tax returns.
The government lost $393,018 due to Salas’ fraud, according to the statement.
Ebise Bayisa, Salas’ public defender, could not immediately be reached for comment on Wednesday.