Vitali Popkov, a 31-year-old Georgian national living in Morrow, Ohio, pleaded guilty to one count of committing income tax evasion and one count of aiding and abetting marriage fraud.
Popkov admitted that he operated Mirage Cleaning Services of Cincinnati from September 2003 to December 2007. His company contracted with area businesses and hotels to provide cleaning services.
From January 2004 to December 2007, Popkov paid wages totaling $2.7 million to his employees but knowingly failed to withhold federal income taxes on wages paid and failed to pay the company’s share of the taxes.
As a result, Popkov evaded $423,635 in federal employment taxes.
He faces a punishment of up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $100,000 and payment of taxes, interest and penalties on the amount of unpaid taxes.
What’s more, Popkov admitted that he helped an associate arrange a sham marriage with a U.S. citizen in Louisville, Ky.
For the marriage fraud charge, Popkov faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, as well as possible deportation.
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