Kentwood man convicted of defrauding his employer and filing false taxes
Posted 6:15 a.m. on Sunday, November 6, 2022
NEW ORLEANS – US Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that MICHAEL J. GOLL47, of Kentwood, was sentenced Nov. 2, 2022, to three years in prison for wire fraud and filing false federal tax returns by U.S. District Judge Wendy B. Vitter.
According to court documents, GOLL was the manager of the New Orleans branch of Company A, which supplies materials handling equipment to businesses. From January 2013 to September 2017, GOLL defrauded Company A of approximately $549,667.39. GOLL is accused of carrying out the scheme by sending Company A false invoices from shell companies he had set up, when in fact the work was done by Company A’s own employees or the work was not was not done at all. Additionally, as part of the program, GOLL had a contractor who did personal work for GOLL inflate its invoices to company A to cover the work performed for GOLL. GOLL justified the overcharging by telling the contractor that he planned to buy Company A in the future, even though GOLL never bought Company A, and GOLL never told his employer about the overcharging.
In addition, GOLL pleaded guilty to filing false federal income tax returns. According to court documents, GOLL filed false personal income tax returns for the 2014 to 2017 tax years in which he did not accurately report his income, including the money he embezzled from Company A. In addition, GOLL also advised three other people, all of whom personally knew GOLLfile false tax returns. GOLL told each of them that he graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Orleans with a Ph.D. in business administration, a degree that the University of New Orleans does not actually offer. GOLL persuaded the victims to become his business partners in a fake restaurant business. GOLL then asked them to file tax returns alleging false business losses, then GOLL that they each pay him a portion of their tax refund. Through his own false tax returns and those of the three others he aided, GOLL caused a US tax loss of $188,694.00.
As for the wire fraud charge, GOLL was sentenced to three years in prison and three years of probation. For filing false tax returns, GOLL was sentenced to three years in prison and one year of probation, to be served concurrently with the wire fraud charge. In addition, GOLL was ordered to pay $200 in mandatory special assessment fees. No fine was imposed. A restitution hearing will be held at a later date.
US Attorney Evans praised the work of the US Secret Service Criminal Investigations and the Internal Revenue Service, which jointly investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew R. Payne is in charge of the prosecution.