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Hugo man charged with multiple tax crimes

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced that the Washington County Attorney’s Office recently charged Shane Allen Bakaric, of Hugo, with five felony counts of filing false or fraudulent income tax returns.

According to the complaint, Mr. Bakaric fraudulently filed his income tax returns each tax year from 2013 to 2017 by overstating his withholding amounts in order to get thousands of dollars in tax refunds that he was not entitled to receive.  The complaint states that department investigators determined that Mr. Bakaric owes over $17,800 in tax, penalty, and interest.

Each tax-related felony charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Although most taxpayers comply with tax laws voluntarily, the department takes enforcement action against noncompliant taxpayers to ensure that tax laws are administered fairly.

Many of the department’s criminal case referrals come from public tips. There is a 24-hour tip line for anyone who suspects that a person or business is violating Minnesota tax laws. Local callers may dial 651-297-5195 or call toll-free by dialing 1-800-657-3500. Tips can also be submitted to the department by email at tax.fraud@state.mn.us. Tipsters may choose to remain anonymous. 

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Ryan Brown
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