A Wichita couple has pleaded guilty to tax fraud that cost the Internal Revenue Service nearly $1 million, prosecutors said Monday.
In their pleas, Charles W. Kriel and his wife, Pamela A. Kriel, both 60, admitted to making the false statements on their 2008 tax return, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office said in a news release. The claims could have cost the government $961,569 in tax revenue, Grissom’s office said.
The crime carries a penalty of up to 5 years in federal prison and fines of up to $250,000.
Charles Kriel also faces 25 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines after pleading guilty to a single count of submitting a fraudulent promissory note to his mortgage lender. He is co-owner of a computer consulting company, Grissom’s office said.
Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 26.