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FORMER GRANT WRITER FOR THE CITY OF DAVIE PLEADS GUILTY TO TAX EVASION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2011

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Rhonda A. Diffenbach, 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 guilty plea of defendant Richard Rubin, 65, of Southwest Ranches, to tax evasion, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7201.

Sentencing has been scheduled for June 29, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., before U.S. District Judge William J. Zloch in Ft. Lauderdale. At sentencing, the defendant faces a possible statutory maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, to be followed by a term of up to three years of supervised release.

According to the proffered statement filed with the Court during the plea hearing, Rubin willfully filed a joint federal income tax return with his spouse that failed to report real estate commissions that he had received during from the sale of the “Sunny Lakes” property and the sale of a condominium in Hollywood, Florida. At the closing on the Sunny Lakes property, defendant Rubin’s sales commission of $102,000 was paid to another real estate broker who, in January 2005, funneled the entire commission of $102,000 to defendant Rubin. Defendant Rubin also received a commission in the amount of $6,297 as the real estate agent for the sale of a condominium in Hollywood. Defendant Rubin’s sales commission on this condominium was paid to another real estate broker who, in January 2005, funneled the entire commission of $6,297 to defendant Rubin.

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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