San Antonio Woman Sentenced to Prison for Tax Evasion

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SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio woman was sentenced on Wednesday to 33 months in prison and ordered to pay $124,780 in restitution for her part in a multi-year tax evasion scheme.

According to court documents, Cynthia J. Moak, 67, evaded paying taxes for 2009 through 2012, by falsifying her income tax returns.  Among other methods, Moak applied for non-profit status for one of her companies and then solicited charitable donations that she converted to her use.

On January 14, 2020, Moak pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion.

“Every U.S. taxpayer is obligated to pay their fair share,” said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff.  “Ms. Moak does not get to scam her way out of paying taxes while others follow the law. The sentence of 33 months is indicative of this office’s resolve to address tax evasion, ensure fairness to all taxpayers and protect the U.S. Treasury.”

“While not common, it takes an incredibly deceitful person to perpetuate the type of scam that Cynthia Moak orchestrated,” said Special Agent in Charge, Ramsey E. Covington, of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), Houston Field Office.  “IRS-CI continues to be relentless in our mission to investigate tax crimes and dismantle these types of illicit scams to bring criminals like Moak to face justice.”

IRS-CI investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney William R. Harris prosecuted the case.

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