67-year-old San Antonio woman sentenced to 33 months in prison for tax evasion scheme

Woman solicited charitable donations for non-profit that she converted to her use, feds say

FILE- Internal Revenue Service taxes forms. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) (Keith Srakocic, Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio woman has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for her part in a multi-year tax evasion scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Cynthia J. Moak, 67, evaded paying taxes for 2009 through 2012 by falsifying her income tax returns.

She has also been ordered to pay $124,780 in restitution.

“Every U.S. taxpayer is obligated to pay their fair share,” said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff. “Ms. Moak does not get to scam her way out of paying taxes while others follow the law. The sentence of 33 months is indicative of this office’s resolve to address tax evasion, ensure fairness to all taxpayers and protect the U.S. Treasury.”

Moak pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion on January 14, 2020.

Federal officials said one of the methods Moak used to evade paying taxes was to apply for non-profit status for one of her companies.

She then solicited charitable donations that she converted to her use.

“While not common, it takes an incredibly deceitful person to perpetuate the type of scam that Cynthia Moak orchestrated,” said Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation agent Ramsey E. Covington. “IRS-CI continues to be relentless in our mission to investigate tax crimes and dismantle these types of illicit scams to bring criminals like Moak to face justice.”

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