LAS VEGAS – Two Nevada men were sentenced to prison today for conspiring to defraud the IRS.
Saud Alessa was sentenced to 13 months in prison and Jeffrey Bowen was sentenced to 60 days in prison. After a federal jury trial in November 2021, Alessa and Bowen were both convicted on the conspiracy charge, and Alessa also was convicted on tax evasion and false tax return charges.
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, from 2010 through approximately March 2014, Alessa, Bowen and another co-conspirator, Jackie Hayes, sought to thwart efforts by the IRS to collect more than $500,000 in tax liabilities owed by Alessa for tax years 1998 to 2007. As part of the scheme, Hayes entered into a payment arrangement with Bowen, the owner of a vacuum cleaner distributor, J&L Distributing, Inc. (J&L), where commissions actually earned by Alessa for his work at J&L were falsely recorded in the company’s books as commissions earned by Hayes. Hayes and Bowen then submitted tax forms and filings to the IRS falsely reporting that Hayes had earned the income. This scheme allowed Alessa to evade IRS collection efforts and the payment of his outstanding federal tax debt. To further conceal his income and assets, Alessa filed false 2012 and 2013 individual tax returns, and in February 2013, he filed a bankruptcy petition falsely reporting no income.
In addition to imprisonment, Chief U.S. District Judge Miranda M. Du ordered Alessa and Bowen to each serve three years of supervised release and to pay over $500,000 in restitution to the United States.
Hayes previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced in February 2022 to two months in prison for her role in the conspiracy.
Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada, and Special Agent in Charge Albert Childress of IRS-Criminal Investigation made the announcement. They commended special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, which conducted the investigation, and members of the U.S. Trustee Program, which uncovered the charged conduct during the supervision of the administration of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case filed by Alessa.
Trial Attorneys Michael Landman and Eric Taffet of the Justice Department’s Tax Division prosecuted the case.