Couple Charged with Income Tax Conspiracy
Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the filing of a criminal information charging Port Richey residents Richard Rober (52) and his wife, Averill Rober (47) with conspiracy to defraud the United States. If convicted, they each face a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.
According to court documents, Richard Rober diverted income checks payable to his wife's wholly-owned corporation. They both used these proceeds for personal purposes and purposely failed to inform the accountants who prepared their tax returns of these monies. The Robers then willfully signed and filed with the IRS joint individual income tax returns which failed to reflect this additional income. As a consequence, it is alleged that they under-reported more than $239,000 during a three-year period. The additional tax due and owing exceeded $55,000.
An Information 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.
"Each of us is responsible for filing correct and accurate tax returns. To build faith in our nation’s tax system, honest taxpayers need to be reassured that everyone is paying their fair share. The IRS-Criminal Investigation, together with the Department of Justice will investigate and prosecute those who violate our tax system,” stated Special Agent in Charge of the Tampa field office, Linda J. Osuna.
This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert Mosakowski.