Owners of a Long Beach-based trucking company have been arrested for tax crimes related to workers’ compensation fraud and payroll tax evasion. Authorities say that over the course of four years, Alvin and Fiona Chen, owners of Metro Worldwide, Inc., deliberately understated their payroll by nearly $5 million. The resulting fraud reduced the company’s liability for workers’ compensation insurance and employees’ payroll taxes. Investigators say the couple often paid employees in cash to avoid making tax and insurance payments.
An aggressive tax crimes attorney
Tax crimes are complex, largely because the tax code is complex. They’re also very common. At the federal level, you can be charged with failing to pay taxes, refusing to pay taxes, or hiding income to avoid paying taxes. Similarly, you can be charged at the state level. At the state level, tax fraud typically arises when business owners collect taxes from their employees, but fail to forward the money to the state. Equally, individuals and business owners who attempt to disguise the real source of their income, or misstate their income can also be charged with tax fraud.
If you’ve been arrested for tax fraud or tax evasion, tax crimes attorney Robert Helfend can help you prepare a strong criminal defense. Whether you’re facing tax evasion charges at the state level or the federal level, Mr. Helfend can help defend you against tax-related criminal charges.
With more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Helfend will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. You will always work directly with Mr. Helfend, because he handles each case personally. Work with a Los Angeles tax crimes attorney who will provide an aggressive and effective defense.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County tax crimes case.
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