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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2010
TDD (202) 514-1888
TWO CINCINNATI DENTISTS SENTENCED TO JAIL FOR TAX EVASION AND CONSPIRACY
WASHINGTON - Bradley C. Brennecke, a resident of Pleasant Plain, Ohio, and Bruce A. Mrusek, a resident of Maineville, Ohio, were each sentenced to 12 months in jail following their January 2010 guilty pleas to conspiracy and tax evasion charges, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today. Cincinnati federal District Court judge Michael R. Barrett imposed the sentences.
Mrusek and Brennecke, who are both dentists, were indicted in July 2009 and charged with tax evasion, conspiracy to defraud the IRS and passing fictitious instruments. Mrusek and Brennecke were scheduled to begin trial on January 11, 2010. However, both defendants failed to appear in court. Both defendants were subsequently arrested. Facing trial on multiple counts, each defendant elected to plead guilty to conspiracy and tax evasion the following day.
According to court documents and testimony, Brennecke, who operated Goshen Family Dentistry Ltd. in Goshen, Ohio, failed to pay taxes for 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2004. Additionally, the indictment alleges that Brennecke transferred title of his house to his wife to conceal it from the IRS, sent the government bogus documents that purported to pay his tax liabilities and filed false tax returns.
According to court documents and testimony, Mrusek, who owned and operated Wilmington Dental Management Services in Wilmington, Ohio, evaded his 2002, 2003 and 2004 taxes by transferring his assets to his wife's name, sending bogus documents to the IRS that purported to pay his tax liabilities, using a trust to pay personal expenses and filing false personal tax returns. Additionally, the indictment alleges that Mrusek filed false tax returns for Wilmington Dental Management Services by reporting deductions that the business did not incur.
According to court documents and testimony, Brennecke and Mrusek conspired to defraud the IRS beginning around the time that the IRS began civil audits of each of them. Brennecke and Mrusek assisted each other in the mailing of various fraudulent documents to the IRS and U.S. Treasury Department. Brennecke assisted Mrusek in the transfer of assets out of Mrusek's name. The judge found that the total attempted tax harm associated with each defendants' conduct was over $1 million.
According to the indictment, Brennecke and Mrusek submitted fictitious obligations labeled "Secured Promissory Notes" to the U.S. Department of the Treasury as purported payment of their tax debts. Each of these documents purported to be in the amount of $4.8 billion.
Each was also sentenced to three years supervised release following their release from prison.
John A. DiCicco, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Tax Division, commended the IRS Criminal Investigation agents who investigated this case, as well as Tax Division trial attorneys Shawn T. Noud and Daren H. Firestone, who prosecuted this case.