Some IRS tax evasion cases are strange and leave a great deal to the imagination.
Such is the case of a Phoenix man, Peter Mizioch, who has pleaded guilty to tax evasion. He collected millions in death benefits as a result of the death of three former business partners and wife being murdered. His case for tax evasion has nothing to do with the murder investigations.
An insurance carrier refused to pay benefits to the Mizioch in 2010 after he tried to collect his wife’s death benefit. The reason is that Mizioch was a suspect in his wife’s murder at the time and perhaps because of the previous three murders in which the death policies were made in his name.
A federal judge, however, later ruled that his wife’s benefits had to be paid.
It only goes to show people that, while some alleged crimes may be hard to solve and prosecute, tax evasion can evoke swift punishment and fines.
As you can see, tax evasion can be a serious matter. It is always best to understand and follow the laws. When in doubt, see the advice of tax professionals who can walk you through all the laws.