MICHIGAN MAN GUILTY IN TAX CASE- He made false statements to court, Justice Department.


A Michigan man was convicted of filing false tax returns and making false statements to both a bankruptcy court and the Justice Department.

 According to court documents, Donald Stanley LaVigne, formerly of Lake Orion, Michigan, did not report insurance commissions and other income on tax returns he filed with the IRS for the years 2013 through 2019. In letters he sent to the IRS, LaVigne also falsely claimed that these commissions were not income to him.

 When LaVigne filed for bankruptcy in 2018, he did not list the IRS as a creditor on his bankruptcy petition.

 Finally, LaVigne made a false statement to the Justice Department. After he was notified that he was the target of a federal grand jury investigation, LaVigne sent a letter in which he falsely claimed that his bankruptcy attorney had reviewed his 2017 income tax return and advised him that it was “correct and complete.” In fact, his bankruptcy attorney testified that he had never advised this to LaVigne.

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