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Cathlamet residents arrested on charges of tax fraud

 

August 25, 2022



Greg Gumucio, 61, and Haven Soliman, 33, of Cathlamet, along with Michael Anderson, 51, of Bellevue were arrested on Wednesday on charges related to conspiracy to commit tax fraud.

Anderson has local ties. Early Wednesday morning, a search warrant was executed at a home on Suncrest Lane where Gumucio and Soliman were living.

According to the press release, Gumucio started Yoga to the People in New York, New York, which offered yoga classes but initially did not require payment from students, asking only for donations. Over the years, YTTP opened at least 20 yoga studios or affiliated entities throughout New York City and in various locations in California, Colorado, Arizona, Florida, and Washington State. The organization also had a teacher training program.

YTTP earned more than $20 million yet never filed a corporate tax return with the IRS.

Gumicio was YTTP’s founder, principal owner, and functional chief executive officer. Anderson was an owner and functional chief financial officer, and was involved in negotiating leases for YTTP entities, opening bank accounts, and more. Soliman was an owner of YTTP, its chief communications officer, and Director of Education for YTTP’s Teacher Training Program.

The three did not file personal tax returns with the IRS from 2013 to 2020. They accepted yoga students’ payments in cash and paid yoga teachers in cash; used nominees to disguise their connection to various entities which were part of the YTTP enterprise, and from which they all received income.

Gumucio was also known to target and groom young women and others to become owners of studios, where he controlled business decisions, and took a cut of their income.

A story in Vice from July 24, 2020 outlines trouble with Gumucio and YTTP. https://www.vice.com/en/article/4ayqk3/he-knew-everything-fear-control-and-manipulation-at-yoga-to-the-people.

Stories on yesterday’s arrests can be found in the Washington Post and the New York Times.

 

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