(WNY News Now) – A 66-year-old resident of Buffalo, NY, has been sentenced to two years’ probation and ordered to pay $18,842.71 in restitution to the IRS after being convicted of willful failure to file an income tax return, as announced by U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross.
Buffalo – Jacqueline Mines, a 66-year-old resident of Buffalo, was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay $18,842.71 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy. This sentence comes after Mines was convicted of a misdemeanor charge for her willful failure to file an income tax return, as disclosed by U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul E. Bonanno, who oversaw the case, revealed that Mines had established a charitable organization called “Helping Families and Children in America (HFCA)” in 2006. She served as the president and CEO of HFCA from 2006 and continued in that role at least until 2018. During the calendar year 2018, it was discovered that Mines utilized approximately $61,477 from HFCA’s account to cover her personal expenses.
Furthermore, in 2018, Mines received a total of $23,001 in Social Security income. After accounting for the $12,000 standard deduction, her gross taxable income for the year amounted to roughly $72,478.00. However, despite having a taxable income, she failed to file a federal income tax return or pay any federal income tax for the 2018 taxable year. The total amount of tax loss to the United States, which includes accrued interest and penalties, was determined to be $18,842.71.