Former Owner of Adult Entertainment Businesses Charged with Tax Fraud
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Michael J. DePalma, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), announce that Anthony Andreozzi, of Delray Beach, was charged in a one count Information with conspiring to defraud the lawful functions of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. Defendant Andreozzi made his initial appearance in federal court today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Lee Brannon.
According to the charges, Andreozzi owned and operated F & A Concepts, Inc. and Galaxy Communications, Inc., which were adult entertainment businesses incorporated in the State of Florida. Andreozzi conspired with another to unlawfully enrich himself by engaging in a fraudulent scheme to evade the payment of federal income taxes. As alleged in the Information, Andreozzi diverted corporate receipts of both corporations for his own personal use. In order to conceal his diversion of corporate funds, Andreozzi instructed his co-conspirator to falsify the corporate books and records by classifying his personal expenditures as business expenses. Defendant Andreozzi and his co-conspirator caused the preparation and filing of false corporate tax returns for F & A Concepts, Inc. and Galaxy Communications, Inc. and false personal income tax returns for defendant Andreozzi for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, in that the corporate returns included fraudulent business expenses and the personal returns failed to include the diverted corporate income, thereby understating the defendant’s total income and tax due and owing on his personal returns.
If convicted, Andreozzi faces a maximum statutory sentence of up to five years in prison.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie D. Evans.
An Information is only an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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.