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Cumming Businessman Convicted for Filing False Tax Returns

A 49-year-old Cumming man is sentenced to federal prison for stealing from his company and its investors.

A criminal investigation by special agents of the Internal Revenue Service has led to a Cumming man being sentenced to serve four years and nine months in federal prison followed by one year of supervised release, a press release stated.

Jorge A. Castellanos, 49, who filed false federal Individual Income Tax Returns for 2006 and 2007 tax years with the IRS, was sentenced Tuesday by United States District Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr. He was convicted of these charges on Sept. 19, 2012, upon his plea of guilty to filing false tax return charges.

“This office will continue to aggressively prosecute individuals, who knowingly and willfully defy their tax obligations by lying and cheating,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

Castellanos orchestrated a scheme in which he duped his two partners and the company’s investors, and ultimately failed to report on his 2006 and 2007 personal income tax returns worth more than $1.3 million in investment funds that he had stolen, according to Yates.

In 2004, Castellanos and his partners formed an investment business, named GC Trading, LLC (“GCT LLC”), which touted itself as pre-selling overstock golf equipment and providing a return of the profits to its investors. Castellanos modeled GCT LLC after another totally separate business with a very similar name that he solely owned and operated: GC Trading, Inc. (“GCT INC”).  Castellanos did not operate GCT LLC legitimately.

Instead of purchasing golf equipment from vendors with GCT LLC’s investors’ funds, Castellanos diverted most of the money to his GCT INC bank account, and used the money to pay his own business and personal expenses.  Castellanos then tried to hide this stolen income from the Internal Revenue Service by telling his accountants that the stolen income was from loans. One accountant relied on this false information and unknowingly prepared and filed false income tax returns for tax years 2006 and 2007 on Castellanos’ behalf.

The false returns resulted in a tax loss of approximately $1,357,562.       

“The law is clear on the issue of taxable income and who is required to file and pay taxes, there is no gray area on the subject,” stated Veronica Hyman-Pilott Acting Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation.

“This sentence hopefully sends a message that the IRS is working to make sure that all taxpayers file and pay their fair share of taxes.”   

Glyn Bayliss January 14, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Bill, Jorge "George Castellanos" is a thief , a conman and a swindler. He hasn't been prosecuted for these crimes as yet. A bit like Al Capone, it was easier to nail him for tax evasion and false accounting. But as one of his victims it will only be a matter of time before he's back in court. George has an easy manner but absolutely no moral compass.

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