Two California men, Thanh Rudin, 58, and SeiR Havana, 41, have been sentenced to prison for fraud in a pair of multimillion dollar schemes. They were accused of filing false tax returns on behalf of professional athletes and other entities in order to collect fraudulent tax refunds and pandemic aid payments.
Thanh Rudin was sentenced to 34 months in prison and his brother, Quin Rudin, 46, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for their roles in the schemes. The two men were also ordered to pay restitution of $1.9 million and $1.1 million, respectively.
The DOJ reported that the two men had created false entities that they claimed were professional sports organizations and then filed false tax forms on behalf of the entities in order to receive millions of dollars in refunds and other payments. The fraudulent activity was discovered by the IRS and the DOJ initiated an investigation.
In the end, the two California men were sentenced to prison for their roles in the schemes. They have also been ordered to pay restitution of $1.9 million and $1.1 million, respectively.