Siew Leng Cheong, 52, one of the owners of Route 18 Carpet, was sentenced Wednesday to 5 months in prison and 7 months of home confinement for filing fraudulent personal income tax returns, according to a press release from the Internal Revenue Service.
U.S. District Court Judge Claire C. Cecchi also ordered the North Brunswick resident to serve 1 year of supervised release after her release from prison and pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $80,985.
to a two-count Information that charged her with subscribing to false personal income tax returns for the 2006 and 2007 calendar years, according to the IRS.
“The term voluntary compliance means that each of us is responsible for filing a tax return when required and for paying the correct amount of tax,” said Victor W. Lessoff, Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation, Newark Field Office. “That responsibility should not be taken lightly. Ms. Cheong chose to ignore her duty to pay her fair share of taxes and is now a convicted felon with a prison term to serve.”
At her plea hearing and according to court documents:
Cheong was a co-owner of Route 18 Carpet Corporation. Cheong admitted that in 2006 and 2007, she diverted cash and checks that represented business proceeds from Route 18 Carpet Corporation into her personal checking account at China Trust Bank. On her joint federal income tax returns for 2006 and 2007, Cheong admitted that she failed to include over $100,000 and $300,000 respectively relating to the diverted business proceeds.
Parole has been abolished in the federal system. Defendants who are given custodial terms must serve nearly all that time, according to the IRS.
The investigation was conducted by IRS-Criminal Investigation, Newark Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Victor W. Lessoff and The United States Attorney’s Office, under the direction of United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman.
The Government is represented by Assistant United States Attorney Bohdan Vivitsky.
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