Louisiana construction company owner and two employees indicted for tax fraud
Published 6:41 am Sunday, March 28, 2021
Allegedly conspired to conceal Income and Employment Tax obligations from the IRS
WASHINGTON – A federal grand jury in New Orleans, Louisiana, returned an indictment today charging three Louisiana residents with conspiracy to defraud the IRS. One defendant, Matthew Reck, was additionally charged with making a false statement to federal agents, and the other defendants, Dawn Farrell Ruiz and David Farrell, were charged with aiding in the preparation of false returns.
According to the indictment, from 2011 to at least June 2019, Matthew Reck and Dawn Farrell Ruiz, both of St. Tammany Parish, and David Farrell, of Jefferson Parish, allegedly conspired to defraud the IRS by underreporting their individual compensation and causing to be filed false individual tax returns. Further, Reck and Ruiz allegedly caused to be filed false corporate tax returns, relating to SES Construction Consulting Group (SES) and Global Technical Solutions (Global). Reck co-owned the two construction businesses through at least December 2015, and Farrell worked as a project manager and Ruiz as a bookkeeper for both businesses. The indictment further alleges that Reck, Farrell, and Ruiz paid some workers “off the books” in cash and did not report the workers’ full compensation to the IRS. When federal agents from IRS-Criminal Investigation subsequently interviewed Reck, he allegedly falsely stated that he had no communications with the accountant for SES and Global regarding the preparation of the companies’ corporate tax returns.
The defendants are scheduled for their initial court appearance on April 9, 2021 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of five years in prison on the conspiracy charge. Reck also faces a maximum of five years in prison on the charge of making false statements to federal agents, and Farrell and Ruiz face a maximum of three years in prison on each of the charges of aiding in the preparation of a false tax return. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana made the announcement.
IRS-Criminal Investigation is investigating the case.
Trial Attorneys William Montague and Parker Tobin of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Moses of the Eastern District of Louisiana are prosecuting the case.
An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.