Classic Case of Tax Evasion: Under Reporting Income Gets Florida Man 51 Months in Prison

John A. Gullett, of Parkland, Fla., was sentenced to 51 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, after being convicted on four counts of filing a false tax return. Gullett was also ordered to pay restitution of $255,000 to the IRS.

According to court records, Gullett submitted false Form 1040 Individual Income Tax Returns, statements and documents for tax years 2002 to 2005. He under reported his gross receipts from 2002 to 2005 and filed the tax returns with the IRS knowing that the returns contained materially false information.

Gullet contracted with the Broward County Police Benevolent Association (BCPBA) and the Dade County Police Benevolent Association (DCPBA) to solicit local businesses to buy advertisements in a book that Gullett published listing local businesses. The book was distributed to PBA members.

In exchange, Gullett paid BCPBA and DCPBA between $3,000 and $5,000 per month and kept any funds he raised in excess of these amounts. Gullett failed to report about $3 million of income from 2002 to 2005. Gullett used these monies to purchase a personal residence in Parkland, Fla., and various luxury automobiles, including two Ferraris and a Lamborghini.

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3 Responses to “Classic Case of Tax Evasion: Under Reporting Income Gets Florida Man 51 Months in Prison”

  1. susan schwartz Says:

    Help!

    As it happens, I did underreport my income for 2008 by about $11,000. (I think I simply missed adding in one month of income — I’m self employed.) My mom died
    in Feb. 2009, and when I put my taxes together, I wasn’t exactly on top of my game. I didn’t think to look at my personal account. About $6,000 missed. It’s not like I’m having a lavish lifestyle — I had to cash out IRA funds to keep myself afloat.

    I am currently being audited for 2008. They want to look at my professional/legal
    expenses and car expenses, which I have justified. However, they are sure to find
    the fact that I underreported.

    I am more than happy to pay the taxes I owe for 2008. Meanwhile, before the audit, can I go to a tax preparer and have them amend 2009? As it happens,
    going over the 2009 returns now, I see I also neglected some major write-offs, including buying a new computer — my old one crashed.

    I am not a tax cheat or fraud! I have been very diligent. However, the last two years, caring for my mom and running a business have obviously taken a toll.

    Can you help??????

  2. TRS Says:

    Hi Susan,

    Thank you for your comment. A member of our team will be in touch shortly to discuss how we can help, but in the meantime please check out our pages on settling back taxes and audits. These should be of use:
    back taxes: http://www.taxresolution.com/irs-back-taxes.asp
    audits: http://www.taxresolution.com/irs-audits.asp

    Thanks!

  3. TRS Says: Says:

    Hi Susan,

    Thank you for your comment. A member of our team will be in touch shortly to discuss how we can help, but in the meantime please check out our pages on settling back taxes and audits. These should be of use:
    back taxes: http://www.taxresolution.com/irs-back-taxes.asp
    audits: http://www.taxresolution.com/irs-audits.asp

    Thanks!

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