On June 1, the Department of Justice announced a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Pawel Bartoszek, a Lake Grove, New York businessman, with filing false business and individual tax returns with the IRS.

Bartoszek owned and operated Mega State Inc., a construction company. According to the indictment, Bartoszek and individuals acting at his direction purportedly cashed more than $6 million in checks from Mega State clients at a check-cashing business, instead of depositing those funds into Mega State’s business bank account. Bartoszek then allegedly used some of this cash to fund an “off the books” cash payroll for Mega State. The government also accused Bartoszek of failing to inform his return preparer about the cashed checks, enabling him to underreport his company’s income as well as his personal total income. As a result, Bartoszek allegedly filed false tax returns with the IRS for Mega State and himself.

Federal prosecutors charged Bartoszek with six counts of filing a false tax return. If convicted, Bartoszek faces a maximum of eighteen years in prison. 

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