Houston Man Charged with 8 Different Tax Crimes

Houston Resident Edward J. Crouse Convicted of Multiple Tax Crimes

In January 2018, Edward J. Crouse turned himself in to federal law enforcement today after officials from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began investigating him.

According to a press release issued by the United States Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Texas, a federal grand jury indicted Crouse of 8 separate tax crimes, including:

  • 2 counts of tax evasion on federal individual income tax returns
  • 5 counts of deliberate failure to honestly account for and relinquish employment tax withholdings
  • 1 count of obstruction and preventing appropriate action by the IRS as outlined in the Internal Revenue Code

Crouse may face up to 10 years imprisonment for tax evasion and for willfully failing to pay employment tax withholdings. He may also face up to 3 additional years for obstructing due process and could be required to pay more than a quarter of a million dollars for each individual account which he unlawfully handled.

Penalties for Committing Tax Crimes in the Lone Star State

In Texas, the severity of your punishment depends on the nature of the tax crime of which you are convicted and the amount of money you failed to pay to the state comptroller:

  • $50 or less: Class C misdemeanor, maximum $500 fine
  • $51 – $499: Class B misdemeanor, 6 months, maximum $2,000 fine
  • $500 – $1,499: Class A misdemeanor, 1 year, maximum $4,000 fine
  • $1,500 – $19,999: State felony, 6 months to 2 years, maximum $10,000 fine
  • $20,000 – $99,999: 3rd degree felony 2 to 10 years, maximum $10,000 fine
  • $100,000 – $199,999: 2nd degree felony 2 to 20 years, maximum $10,000 fine
  • $200,000 or more: 1st degree felony, 5 to 99 years, maximum $10,000 fine

We Protect People Facing Accusations of Financial Fraud & Tax Crimes in Dallas

At Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, we provide compelling legal representation for people accused of committing tax crimes, such as:

  • Failing to pay taxes
  • Deliberately falsifying electronic records
  • Making false entries in tax and financial records
  • Failing to produce records during an audit or other inspection

Regardless of the sort of tax crime you are being charged with, you’re going to need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side in order to have a shot at dismissed charges or reduced penalties. At our firm, we regularly handle financial crimes (often referred to as “white collar” crimes), and we may be able to help you get out of a tight spot.

Call (214) 301-5007 now to speak with a tax fraud defense attorney in Dallas.


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