FORMER INSURANCE AGENCY OWNER
PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL TAX FRAUD CHARGE
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that AUGUSTINE C. OFILI, 54, of Fawn Meadow Drive, Naugatuck, pleaded guilty today before United States Magistrate Judge Thomas P. Smith in Hartford to one count of filing a false tax return.
According to court documents and statements made in court, OFILI was the owner of Augustine Insurance Agency in Bridgeport. From 2004 through 2007, OFILI underreported on his federal income tax returns the insurance commission income he received from his insurance business. OFILI also failed to report capital gains from the sale of real estate in 2006 and 2007, and wrongly claimed real estate losses in 2007. As a result, for the 2004 through 2007 tax years, OFILI underpaid his taxes in the total amount of $47,964.
OFILI is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant on November 28, 2011, at which time OFILI faces a maximum term of imprisonment of three years and a fine of up to $250,000. OFILI also will be required to pay back taxes, plus applicable penalties and interest.
This matter was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David T. Huang.
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