The following is from the U.S. Attorney's Office:
A Wichita couple pleaded guilty to tax fraud charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Monday.
Charles W. Kriel, 60, Wichita, who was co-owner of a computer consulting company, and his wife, Pamela A. Kriel, 60, Wichita, both pleaded guilty to one count of making a fraudulent claim for a tax return from tax year 2008. In addition, Charles Kriel pleaded guilty to one count of submitting a fraudulent promissory note to his mortgage lender.
In their pleas, they admitted the false claims would have caused a loss of $961,569 to the Internal Revenue Service.
Sentencing is set for Nov. 26. The fraudulent claim carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The fraudulent promissory note carries a maximum penalty of 25 years and a fine up to $250,000.
Grissom commended the Internal Revenue Service and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart for their work on the case.