Alleged lavish lifestyles of yogis arrested for tax evasion

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Three leaders of the defunct national yoga channel ‘Yoga to The People’ have been arrested for tax fraud that federal officials say they used to fund their “lavish lifestyle.”

Prosecutors say Gregory Gumucio, Michael Anderson and Haven Soliman “brought in more than $20 million and earned them each substantial sums, enabling them to live lavish lives,” from the company, which is presented as a charitable organization and funded by donations.

The trio, who were all arrested in washington statereportedly did not file personal or business income tax returns between 2013 and 2020, or pay income tax.

US Attorney for Southern District of New York Damian Williamssays the three paid their employees cash and cash and did not provide them with tax documents.

Prosecutors detail in a charging document the “lavish lifestyles” the three allegedly lived.

In 2017 and 2018, Haven Soloman is accused of spending $48,900 on “horse-related expenses,” which prosecutors say included “apparent horse shows, ‘horse lease,’ horse boarding, and horseshoes”.

Between 2015 and 2020, Gregory Gumucio reportedly spent $269,712 on plane tickets with United Airlines, $75,994 on hotels, $39,069 on restaurants, $30,541 on Stubhub tickets, $31,261 on country club and $15,576 in health sauna.

Prosecutors say that between 2011 and 2014, he spent $40,640 on Denver Broncos season tickets and visited countries including Aruba, Bolivia, Japan, Jordan, Thailand, and the Turks and Caicos Islands, among others. .

The billing document indicates that Michael Anderson between 2015 and 2020 spent $100,000 on air tickets and traveled to countries such as South Korea, France, Portugal, Morocco, the Maldives and the Vietnam, among others.

All three were charged with five counts of tax evasion, each carrying a maximum sentence of five years, and one count of conspiracy to defraud the IRS, which also carries a maximum sentence of five. year.

“Defendants claimed to be creating a donation-based exercise community to make yoga more accessible to their clients, when in reality they allegedly ran a decade-plus cash cow that relied on a sophisticated network tens of millions of dollars in undeclared income. income and free labor to fund the executives’ lavish lifestyles,” said Thomas Fattorusso, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service.

“Today’s arrests and charges are the first salvo against this years-long scam and the first step in holding these defendants accountable for their alleged crimes.”

Yoga to The People was started by Gregory Gumucio in New York in 2006 and eventually expanded to 20 studios across the country before closing in 2020.

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