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FORMER GRANT WRITER FOR THE CITY OF DAVIE CHARGED WITH TAX EVASION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2011

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Kimberly A. Lappin , Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CID), and John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, announce the filing of a criminal information charging defendant Richard Rubin, 65, of Southwest Ranches with tax evasion, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7201. Rubin is scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Robin S. Rosenbaum today at 2:00 p.m.

According to the criminal information filed with the court, Rubin willfully filed a joint federal income tax return with his spouse that failed to report real estate commissions that he had received during 2005. More specifically, the defendant allegedly failed to report real estate commissions from the sale of a Sunny Lakes property and the sale of a condominium in Hollywood, Florida.

With reference to the Sunny Lakes property, the information alleges that sometime around 2004, Rubin was hired by the City of Davie as a grant writer to help obtain county and state funding for the purchase of the Sunny Lakes property. On or about December 15, 2004, the City of Davie closed on the purchase of the Sunny Lakes property. In addition to receiving a fee from the City of Davie for helping to obtain the grant money for the purchase of the property, defendant Rubin received a commission of $102,000 from the seller.

The information alleges that Rubin received another commission payment as the real estate agent for the sale of a condominium in Hollywood, Florida (Hollywood condominium). Defendant Rubin allegedly received $6,297 from the sale of the Hollywood condominium.

If convicted, Rubin faces a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.

An information is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division and the FBI. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey N. Kaplan.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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