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Couple Sentenced To Prison For Income Tax Conspiracy

August 22, 2012

Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces today that Port Richey residents Richard Rober (52) and his wife, Averill Rober (47) were sentenced for conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service. They were each sentenced to serve six months in prison, followed by a six-month term of home detention. The Court also ordered them to pay $55,305 in restitution to the IRS.

On May 10, 2012, both Richard and Averill Rober pled guilty to a one count Criminal Information.

According to court documents, Richard Rober diverted income checks payable to his wife's wholly-owned corporation, Gator Water and Wastewater Management, Inc. The couple 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 joint individual income tax returns with the IRS, which failed to reflect this additional income. As a consequence, they under-reported more than $239,000 during a three-year period. The additional tax liabilities exceeded $55,000.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert Mosakowski.









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