Los Angeles County Man Arrested for Felony Charges of Income Tax Fraud and Payroll Tax Evasion

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Sacramento — A Van Nuys man was arrested Thursday on multiple felony charges of filing false state income tax returns with the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) and failing to file and pay payroll taxes with the Employment Development Department (EDD).

Enyinnaya C. Ojogho, 52, the owner of Ojogho American Enterprises, Inc. and A-1 Soccer Warehouse, Inc. allegedly filed false corporate and personal state income tax returns for the tax years 2010 through 2013 and paid his employees in cash "under the table" between 2006 and 2013.

The FTB investigation determined that Ojogho underreported the gross receipts of his companies in excess of $8 million and failed to report and pay corporate taxes of more than $128,000 for the tax years 2010 through 2013. Ojogho also failed to report more than $8 million in income from these companies on his personal income tax returns, resulting in approximately $900,000 in unpaid tax for the same years. In addition, the EDD investigation revealed that Ojogho also evaded payroll taxes in excess of $200,000.

Ojogho, who is being held on $1,130,000 bail, was arrested by FTB agents and booked into the Los Angeles County jail.

The EDD, in conjunction with the Los Angeles area Tax Recover and Criminal Enforcement (TRaCE) Task Force, assisted in the investigation of this case. The Deputy Attorney General assigned to the TRaCE Task Force will prosecute the case.

FTB administers two of California's major tax programs: Personal Income Tax and the Corporation Tax. FTB also administers other nontax programs and delinquent debt collection functions, including delinquent vehicle registration debt collections on behalf of the Department of Motor Vehicles, and court–ordered debt. Annually, FTB’s tax programs collect more than 65 percent of the state’s general fund. For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit taxes.ca.gov.

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