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Extradited Fugitive Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud Scheme

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 2012

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and José A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CID), Miami Field Office, announced that Domingos Trofino, 64, formerly residing in Brazil, pled guilty yesterday to one count of conspiring to defraud the IRS. A superseding indictment was filed on October 13, 2000, and Trofino was extradited from Italy on August 10, 2012. Sentencing has been scheduled for February 19, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks.

According to documents filed in court, during 1989, Trofino formed Compubras Export and Import Corporation (Compubras) in Miami, Florida. Compubras manufactured and sold electronics and computer hardware to customers in South Florida, Paraguay and Uruguay. As part of its business operations, Compubras maintained a dual set of records. One set of records accurately reflected its business activities. The second set of records understated the company’s actual income to support a multi-year scheme to evade the payment of federal income taxes. The false set of records included false invoices that understated the true amount of Compubras’ sales and allowed the defendant and Compubras’ other shareholders to skim cash sales proceeds from Compubras without reporting the funds as income.

According to documents filed with the court, when the IRS began an audit of Compubras, the IRS received only the false set of corporate records. When the IRS determined that it had been provided with fraudulent business records, a search warrant was obtained for the downtown Miami offices of Compubras and the personal residences of the defendant and the other Compubras shareholders. Evidence secured during the execution of these search warrants confirmed the fraudulent nature of the previously produced business records.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CID. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean P. Cronin.

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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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