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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on January 17, 2014, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a criminal complaint in Kenosha County Circuit Court, accusing Mark J. Llanas, a Kenosha county resident, of nine counts of rendering false income tax returns, contrary to Wis. Stat. § 71.83(2)(b)1. An initial appearance is scheduled for February 18, 2014, at 1:00 p.m.
According to the criminal complaint, Mr. Llanas submitted tax returns to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) for 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Llanas submitted all of the false claims within a two-month period in April and May of 2012. In each of the claims, Llanas claimed that he earned $0.00 in W-2 earnings. The DOR obtained his W‑2 wage and tax statements, which reveal that Llanas actually earned $583,827.00 in W-2 wages between 2003 and 2011. The DOR calculates that Llanas evaded at least $35,959.00 in Wisconsin income taxes on the W-2 wages.
A criminal complaint is a document that alleges that a crime was committed by a person or a corporation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The charge is the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Assistant Attorney General Eric D. Défort represents the State of Wisconsin.
A copy of the criminal complaint is available here.