A Pensacola attorney pleaded guilty on Friday to filing false tax returns and tax evasion.
James R.J. Scheltema, 56, is a certified public accountant and attorney. Between 2010-13, Scheltema received restricted stock as compensation for his legal and accounting services. He initially reported no compensation on his 2011-12 individual income tax returns, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, despite receiving substantial compensation from stock issuance and the sale of stock.
Scheltema also failed to file timely individual and corporate income tax returns for two companies he owned and operated, then tried to evade notice of stock sales by instructing checks be made payable to his wife and his companies rather than himself. After being notified of an IRS investigation, Scheltema filed amended 2011-12 returns and a delinquent 2013 return, which were also false, according to the report.
Scheltema faces a maximum of three years in prison for each charge of filing false returns, and a maximum of five years in prison for the tax evasion charge. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 10.
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