A Florida man was sentenced yesterday at a federal court in Miami to 18 six months imprisonment for tax evasion.
According to court documents Alejandro Gomez of Broward County was the owner of Fleischmann’s Produce which imported fresh herbs for wholesale distribution. In March 2015, Gomez filed a 2014 corporate tax return for Fleischmann’s, which falsely reported $896,951 in personal gambling expenditures as cost of goods sold, thereby overstating total business expenditures. The next year, Gomez caused a 2015 corporate tax return to be filed, which again falsely characterized $1,051,213 in gambling expenditures as cost of goods sold. Gomez significantly underreported his personal income in 2014, 2015. because the corporate information flowed to his individual tax returns. In total, Gomez caused a tax loss to the IRS of over $545,000.
In addition to the sentence of imprisonment, U.S. District Court Roy K. Altman gave Gomez one year of supervised freedom. As a further part of the plea agreement, Gomez paid $545,205 in restitution to the IRS.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of Justice Department’s Tax Division made the announcement. Juan Antonio Gonzalez, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, also made the announcement.
IRS Criminal Investigation is currently investigating the case.
Trial attorneys Grace Albinson of the Tax Division and David Zisserson are prosecuting this case.