A former Florida resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury for tax evasion and failing to report foreign bank accounts.
Luca Andrea Gratta failed to disclose her interest in a Swiss bank account on annual FBARs, as is required by law, between 2012 and 2014.
Gatta reportedly evaded assessment of income taxes on the interest and dividend income she earned through the Swiss bank account, while failing to file tax returns from the years 2011 through 2014.
If convicted, Gatta “faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for each count relating to her failure to file an FBAR and tax evasion”.
Moreover, the Chile-born US citizen could face an additional one year in prison for each of the counts regarding the failure to file tax returns.
Finally, if found guilty of “naturalization fraud”, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and automatic denaturalization.
Investigated by special agents at the IRS criminal investigation unit and the Department of Homeland Security, the news was released by Staurt Goldberg, acting deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department’s tax division, and Ariana Orshan, US attorney for the Southern District of California.