On Tuesday, it was announced that a two-count criminal information had been filed charging a Solon accountant with conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and attempting to interfere with the administration of Internal Revenue laws. 51-year-old Patrick DiPietro is accused of conspiring with two other people and a company owned by the other people between 2007 and 2012 to impede the lawful function of the IRS, while enriching themselves with tax savings. The scheme allegedly involved checks being writing from the company’s bank account and made payable to another entity controlled by DiPietro.
The defendant deposited the checks into an account he controlled and then wrote checks back to the two individuals for roughly 90 percent of the amounts received. DiPietro allegedly kept roughly 10 percent as a “fee” for conducting the transactions. The defendant also prepared federal income tax returns for the individuals and their business for 2007 through 2011. Those returns allegedly falsely understated taxable income and overstated business deductions.
During the IRS’s investigation, DiPietro allegedly provided various fraudulent documents to the investigative agents in hopes of legitimizing or explaining the checks written to his business. As this point in time, the defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. Additional details have been made available here.