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Case Number: 4:23-cr-00042
Judge: Stephen H. Locher
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa (Polk County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Des Moines
Description: Des Moines, Iowa criminal defense lawyer represented the Defendant charged with preparing, presenting, and making false tax returns.
Bakou Kees Vonty, 41, also known as Bob Vonty, prepared and filed hundreds of federal individual income tax returns on behalf of individual taxpayers, from approximately 2011 to 2022. On a 2019 tax return, Vonty, on behalf of an individual, falsely reported business losses and qualified education expenses. As part of his plea agreement, Vonty agreed to not prepare, file, or assist in any way with the preparation of federal or state tax returns for any third parties. Further, in at least 2016, Vonty falsely reported business losses and qualified education expenses on his own tax return. Vonty’s false returns resulted in a combined tax loss exceeding $400,000.
Following his prison term, Vonty must serve a one-year term of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.
United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. The Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division investigated the case.
Outcome: Defendant sentenced to an 18-month term of imprisonment as to each of Counts 7 and 37, to be served concurrently. Upon release, Defendant shall serve a supervised release term of one year as to each of Counts 7 and 37, to be served concurrently. Defendant shall pay a $200 special assessment.