the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday that three members of a Vegas family have pleaded guilty after stealing over $2 million in fraudulent tax refunds.
three individual from the Trinh family; Chanh V. Trinh, Cannedy Trinh, and Elizabeth Trinh reported false withholdings and payments when they filed federal corporate and individual income tax returns, The three family members filed the returns under the names of fictional businesses, their own names and the names of others, including Chanh’s deceased brother.
to cover up their unlawful activities, the Trinh family masked the stolen funds by buying cashiers’ checks and exchanging them for gambling chips at Las Vegas casinos.
IRS-Criminal Investigation special agents discovered that more than $2 million in fraudulent refunds had been paid out by the agency on more than $6 million in false claims filed.
Chanh will be sentenced to 102 months (nine and a half years) in prison under a plea agreement if the court accepts it.
Cannedy will be sentenced to 24 months (two years) in prison under his plea deal if accepted by the court.
Elizabeth will face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison under her plea agreement.
The Trinhs also face a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties.