A 58-year-old Vallejo man will spend the next seven years in federal prison after a jury found him guilty of conspiracy to commit money laundering, two counts of substantive money laundering, and filing a false tax return, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced on Thursday.
Marty Marciano Boone and his wife and co-defendant Ronda Boone, 56, filed separate false tax returns claiming that they were owed millions of dollars in refunds from the IRS, Scott said in a news release. While the IRS flagged Ronda Boone’s tax return as fraudulent and denied her claim, Marty Boone’s false return resulted in the IRS paying him over $1.9 million in a refund check.
The couple then laundered those funds through domestic and foreign accounts, including by establishing a shell corporation in Cyprus and a church in the state of Washington through which the defendants moved the fraudulently obtained money.
Ronda Boone is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 21. She faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.