Owner of Arkansas tree service business pleads guilty to tax fraud


Defendant caused tax loss in excess of $900,000

Date: May 24, 2024

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

An Arkansas man pleaded guilty yesterday to filing a false individual income tax return.

According to court documents, Carlos Gonzalez, of Rogers, filed false tax returns that underreported the gross receipts from his tree-trimming and removal business, Charley’s Tree Service. From 2014 through 2020, Gonzalez deliberately underreported more than $3 million in gross receipts from his business resulting in a tax loss of approximately $920,694.

Gonzalez pleaded guilty to filing a false 2019 income tax return. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled. Gonzalez faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney David Clay Fowlkes for the Western District of Arkansas made the announcement.

IRS Criminal Investigation investigated the case.

Trial Attorneys Wilson Stamm and Curtis Weidler of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Carly Marshall for the Western District of Arkansas are prosecuting the case.