SANTA ANA — A customs broker indicted by a federal grand jury on suspicion of tax evasion and what prosecutors allege was a $3.4 million wire fraud scheme has surrendered to authorities.
Frank Seung Noah, 59, of Corona, was indicted Wednesday with one count of tax evasion and three counts of wire fraud. He is accused of evading $1.5 million in taxes, cheating the Japanese variety store Daiso through an overbilling scheme on customs duties.
Noah owned Comis International Inc., a logistics and supply-chain company headquartered in Cerritos. Comis was a customs import broker for the national Daiso chain from 2007 through 2019.
Noah is accused of inflating customs import duty fees he allegedly paid while billing Daiso from March 2016 through February 2019, the indictment alleges.
Noah is also accused of cheating on his taxes in 2008, 2009 and 2010, making partial payments for what he owed while using his income to make large payments on mortgages he put in the name of his girlfriend for properties in Corona and Rancho Mirage, prosecutors said.
Noah is accused of transferring the money to his girlfriend’s bank account to pay the mortgage on his Corona home, prosecutors said. In September 2017, after he sold property in Carson for about $147,148, he cut a check to his girlfriend for $120,000, the indictment alleges.
Noah pleaded not guilty on Thursday and was released on bail, according to his attorney David A. Katz.
“I’m looking forward now to him being vindicated in court,” Katz said.