Three charged in Reno federal tax conspiracy case

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- A Reno business owner, a salesman for the business and the salesman’s domestic partner have been charged with defrauding the Internal Revenue Service and other tax crimes, the IRS announced Friday.

Charged in the indictment are Jeffrey Bowen, described as owner of a Reno vacuum distribution business; Saud Alessa, who worked for Bowen’s business; and Jackie Hayes, Alessa’s domestic partner, the IRS said.

Authorities say Alessa worked on Bowen’s sales team from 1998 to 2006 and had more than $200,000 in unpaid taxes. The IRS began trying to collect those taxes in 2006 but Alessa did not pay, listing $503,821 owed to the IRS in a 2013 bankruptcy filing.

Between 2010 and 2013, the IRS charges, money Alessa earned from Bowen was paid to Hayes in an effort to conceal Alessa’s income. Alessa tried to assert to the IRS and to bankruptcy court he had no income, the IRS said.

The three could face up to five years in prison if convicted on the tax conspiracy charge, the IRS said. Alessa is also charged with filing false tax returns for 2012 and 2013 and with evading taxes from 1998 through 2007.