Hillside Man Charged with Filing False Tax Return

NEWARK, N.J. – A Union County, New Jersey, man was charged today with allegedly filing a false tax return for tax year 2013, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Anthony Salters, 57, of Hillside, is charged by complaint with subscribing to a false tax return.

A summons was issued for Salters to appear in Newark federal court at a time to be scheduled by U.S. Magistrate Judge Leda Dunn Wettre.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Salters was a principal of Media Allies LLC, a company that purportedly provided public relations services.

Federal officials say on Feb. 12, 2014, Salters signed, filed, and caused to be filed with the IRS a U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, Form 1040, for tax year 2013, which contained a written declaration that it was filed under penalty of perjury and which falsely stated that Salters’ business income was zero and his total income was zero.

Salters and Media Allies had substantial gross receipts in calendar year 2013.

Checks totaling $104,411 made payable to Media Allies were deposited into a Media Allies bank account for which Salters was the sole authorized signer.

Payors of those checks included the City of Orange Township, the Paterson Municipal Utilities Authority, the Newark Housing Authority, a political campaign committee, and a company associated with a camp where a program was to be conducted for high school football teams affiliated with Newark public schools.

The charge of subscribing to a false tax return carries a maximum potential penalty of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.