Melbourne Man Arrested for False Tax Returns and Obstruction of the IRS
Orlando, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the return by a grand jury of an indictment charging Russell P. Gentile (40, Melbourne) with two counts of filing false tax returns and one count of obstructing the Internal Revenue Service. Gentile was arrested yesterday. If convicted of filing false tax returns, Gentile faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison and a fine of $100,000 for each count. If convicted of the obstruction charge, he faces a maximum penalty of one year in federal prison and a fine of $5,000.
According to the indictment, Gentile allegedly filed false tax returns in 2008 for tax years 2001 and 2002, in which he declared his taxable income was zero, when he knew that he had substantially more taxable income. The indictment also alleges that Gentile corruptly tried to obstruct and impede the IRS in performing its duties by sending a series of letters claiming that he was not a taxpayer, that he was an American National but not residing in Washington, D.C., that he was not subject to the tax laws, and by threatening individual IRS officers with lawsuits against them.
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 Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bruce S. Ambrose.