US: Accountant Arrested For Fraud Scheme, Tax Evasion and Money Laundering

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September 15, 2017
A 34-year-old former Corpus Christi man has taken into custody following the return of an indictment alleging a scheme to defraud his former employer of more than $160,000, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez.  A federal grand jury returned 20-count indictment against Brian Perez on Aug. 23,2017. He was taken into custody today in San Antonio where he will make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Bemporad. He is expected to then appear in Corpus Christi in the near future.

Perez is a certified public accountant and is charged with 18 counts of wire fraud and one count each of tax evasion and money laundering.  While working as a bookkeeper, Perez allegedly devised a scheme to defraud his employer by unlawfully transferring funds using the Electronic Federal Tax Payments System from the company’s bank account to his personal taxpayer withholding account at the IRS. The indictment alleges Perez then filed his U.S. Income Tax Return and requested a refund of the overpayment.