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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Gentleman’s Club Owner Indicted On Tax Evasion Charges

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Fred Bedran (61, Jacksonville) with tax evasion. If convicted on all counts, Bedran faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison and a $100,000 fine. 

According to the indictment, Fred Bedran is the owner and operator of J.R. Cocktails, Inc., a Gentleman’s club in Jacksonville, Florida. From 2007 through 2010, Bedran, underreported his personal income and the gross receipts/sales being generated from his business, to avoid paying the full amount of his personal and corporate income taxes.   

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Malisa Chokshi.

Updated January 26, 2015