Former El Dorado Hills Man Sentenced to Prison for Tax Evasion

by Placerville Newswire / Aug 06, 2017 / comments

[Department of Justice]

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Kamyar “Kami” Soltani, 47, of Sacramento, formerly of El Dorado Hills, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to six months in prison, six months home confinement with electronic monitoring, and ordered to pay $150,446 in restitution for tax evasion, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
 
“All Americans have a duty to pay their fair share,” said Michael T. Batdorf, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation. “Soltani took advantage of the system and obtained refunds to which he was not entitled while all along living a lavish lifestyle. In today’s economic environment, it’s more important than ever that the American people feel confident that everyone is playing by the rules and paying the taxes they owe.”
 
According to court documents, Soltani attempted to evade his tax obligations for tax years 2005, 2006, and 2007. Soltani worked in the used car sales industry. In each of the tax years in question, Soltani received taxable income between $229,000 and $296,000 and failed to file timely income tax returns for the tax years of 2005 and 2006. He ultimately filed tax returns for all three tax years in March 2008, but those returns only reported income of approximately $14,000 to $18,500 in each year. As a result of his conduct and tax filings, Soltani evaded $150,446 in federal income taxes, paid no taxes for those years, and in each year fraudulently claimed and received tax refunds of over $2,000 by falsely claiming that he was entitled to an Earned Income Tax Credit reserved for taxpayers with low and moderate income. Soltani admitted he acted willfully to evade taxes, in part, through his filing of false tax returns and by receiving his income in the form of cash and through indirect payments made to third parties.
 
This case was the product of an investigation by Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nirav K. Desai and Christopher S. Hales prosecuted the case.