STAMFORD MAN SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS
IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR FILING FALSE TAX RETURNS
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that EUGENE CERIELLO, 48, of Stamford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 18 months of imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release, for filing false tax returns.
According to court documents and statements made in court, CERIELLO was employed for approximately 10 years as the manager of Greenwich Automotive Services, an automotive service station formerly based in Greenwich. As the manager, CERIELLO had complete control over the day to day operations of Greenwich Automotive Services, as well as complete access to the computerized records that the business maintained. For several years, CERIELLO embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from Greenwich Automotive Services by taking cash generated from vehicle repair services, as well as from the sale of gasoline and other retail items. CERIELLO regularly accessed the business’ computer system to alter the records of the amount of money the business received.
Between 2004 and 2008, CERIELLO deposited into his bank account approximately $707,485 in cash that had been embezzled from Greenwich Automotive Services, and failed to pay federal taxes on this income. For example, in 2008, CERIELLO deposited approximately $191,000 in cash into his bank account, but reported only $52,580 in income on his federal tax return.
On June 2, 2011, CERIELLO pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false tax return and admitted that he willfully filed false income tax returns for the 2006, 2007 and 2008 tax years.
Today, Judge Underhill ordered CERIELLO to pay to the Internal Revenue Service $295,841.92 in back taxes, penalties and interest.
This matter was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the United States Secret Service and the Greenwich Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.
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