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Tax Fraud Defendant Sentenced to 24 Months’Imprisonment and Ordered to Surrender on April 11, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2012

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Jose A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CID), announced the sentencing of Osvaldo Martinez, 51, of Hollywood, Florida. Martinez was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Cooke to 24 months’ imprisonment and was ordered to surrender to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons on April 11, 2012.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, Martinez operated Clinicas Finlay, Inc., a medical services company in Miami-Dade County until 2007. Although Martinez withheld employee payroll taxes from his employees’ salaries, he failed to pay $1,781,294 to the IRS, as required by law.

On November 16, 2011, Martinez pleaded guilty to one count of wilfully failing to pay to the Internal Revenue Service federal income taxes, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7202.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the IRS-Criminal Investigation Division. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney H. Ron Davidson. More information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts can be found at www.justice.gov/tax.

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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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