OIG Investigative Reports Press Release Trenton, NJ., 06/13/2016 - Chief Financial Officer Of Educational Services Company Admits Tax Crimes Resulting In $1.4 Million Tax Loss Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigation Report THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE District of New Jersey U.S. Attorneys » District of New Jersey » News Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office District of New Jersey FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, June 13, 2016 Chief Financial Officer Of Educational Services Company Admits Tax Crimes Resulting In $1.4 Million Tax Loss TRENTON, N.J. - A Pottersville, New Jersey, man today admitted filing a false tax return and evading corporate taxes of American Tutor Inc., a company that offered supplemental educational services to New Jersey school districts, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. James Wegeler, 73, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton federal court to one count of corporate tax evasion and one count of aiding and assisting in the filing of a false tax return as charged in the information filed today. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: Wegeler was a certified public accountant who served as the vice president and chief financial officer of American Tutor. In 2013, Wegeler filed a return on behalf of American Tutor that contained materially false information in order to reduce American Tutor’s tax liability. Wegeler intentionally inflated American Tutor’s business expenses by claiming that it paid wages, tips and other compensation to its employees above and beyond what it had actually paid during the tax year 2012. In addition, in 2011, Wegeler intentionally prepared a fraudulent tax return for an individual taxpayer that did not include substantial income the taxpayer had earned in tax year 2010. Wegeler admitted that his actions resulted in a total tax loss of $1,494,521 to the IRS. The corporate tax evasion charge carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison. The charge of aiding and assisting in the filing of false tax returns carries a potential penalty of three years in prison. Both charges are punishable by a potential $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 5, 2016. U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the IRS, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen, and special agents of the U.S. Department of Education, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Brian M. Hickey, with the investigation leading to today’s plea. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney José R. Almonte of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Special Prosecutions Division. Defense counsel: Thomas Calcagni, Newark, New Jersey 16-169 Topic: Tax Download wegelerjames_information.pdf USAO - New Jersey Top Printable view Last Modified: 06/28/2016 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) FERPA FAFSA More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Apply for a Grant Eligibility for Grants Laws & Guidance Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data ED Data Express Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs Press Releases FAQs Recursos en español Budget, Performance Subscribe to E-Mail Updates More > Notices FOIAPrivacyAccessibilitySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Chief Financial Officer Of Educational Services Company Admits Tax Crimes Resulting In $1.4 Million Tax Loss. Trenton, NJ., June 13, 2016
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2016-06-13.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.