Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Shelby Township business owner pleads to tax evasion

A Shelby Township business owner pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion after he was accused of avoiding more than $1 million in taxes, according to federal officials.

Mersed Bebanic, 36, who owned and operated Century Trucking Inc., Century Trucking Services and Century Innovations, under-reported income by vast amounts from 2011 to 2014, resulting in a loss of $1.2 million for the IRS, federal authorities said in a news release. 

Bebanic is scheduled to be sentenced March 18 by Judge Paul D. Borman. The maximum penalty for Tax Evasion is five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Bebanic agreed to pay the total amount of his restitution by applying funds seized from his home during the execution of a search warrant in August 2016, officials said.

Manny Muriel, special agent in charge of the Detroit IRS criminal investigation office, said in the release that tax evasion “is not a victimless” crime.

“Our tax system is based on voluntary compliance which requires each of us to act in good faith. When individuals decide to cheat, it undermines the honor system and victimizes all taxpayers,” Muriel said.

-- Macomb Daily staff report


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