Former Russian gas company CFO convicted of making false statements to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), failing to file a Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Report (FBAR) and willfully failing to file tax returns, reports US Department of Justice.
A federal jury found the Florida citizen guilty of these crimes.
From 2005 to 2015, Marc Anthony Jetway of Naples, Florida, hid his ownership and control of significant offshore assets, and failed to file and pay taxes on millions of dollars of income, according to court documents and evidence presented in court. After working as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the US and Russia, Jetway became the CFO of Novatek, a major Russian gas company.
Beginning in 2005, Jetway opened two separate bank accounts in Switzerland to hold significant assets, at one point in excess of $93. including making his then wife, a Russian citizen, the beneficial owner of the accounts. Also, despite being a certified public accountant, Jetway did not file US tax returns for 000 and 000.
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Jetway did not file FBAR, as required, to disclose his control of Swiss bank accounts, sometimes overruling his accountant's recommendation to do so. In an unsuccessful attempt to avoid significant financial penalties, Jetway filed false reports with the IRS using simplified procedures for foreign offshore companies.
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His sentencing is scheduled for September 21, 2023, and he faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for failing to file an FBAR, five years in prison for making false statements, and one year in prison for each willfully refusing to file a tax return. A federal district court judge will issue a verdict after considering legislative factors.
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