It only takes a few tax mistakes for California residents to end up facing criminal charges from the IRS. Even so, allegations of tax crimes can be very serious if a person is convicted. One woman who worked as an executive for an adult entertainment firm now knows all too well the dangers of tax fraud charges.

The 34-year-old woman was sentenced on Nov. 28 to three years of probation and ordered to pay $140,000 in restitution for falsifying a tax return. Back in September, she pled guilty to one charge of filing a false tax return on behalf of the business for which she worked. According to an IRS spokesperson, the woman was responsible for having a tax preparer fill in a federal corporate income tax return with false information for the 2004 fiscal year. Another co-defendant has also pled guilty to one count of filing a false individual tax return. He will be sentenced on Jan. 9 and faces as much as three years in federal prison, as well as a fine of $250,000.

It only takes a single tax crime charge to land a California resident in hot water with the IRS. This can be true whether the person has filed on behalf of a company or has filed an individual return, as is clear with the co-defendant in this case. In either instance, the penalties can be severe and expensive following a conviction. Facing charges of tax crimes is something most people will not want to do alone. Indeed, the legal system provides important protections to individuals for whom an IRS audit has resulted in criminal charges.

Source: patch.com, “Adult Entertainment Exec With Cerritos Based Office Sentenced to Probation for Tax Fraud,” Nov. 28, 2011