Wichita Couple Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud Charges

By: Posted by Melissa Brunner
By: Posted by Melissa Brunner

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.

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