HAMMOND MAN CHARGED WITH OPERATING AN ILLEGAL GAMBLING BUSINESS AND TAX EVASION
JOSEPH A. SCHILLACE, age 51, of Hammond, Louisiana, was charged today in a bill of information with Operating an Illegal Gambling Business and Tax Evasion, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten
According to the bill of information, the defendant operated a sports gambling business which involved five or more persons. The document further charges SCHILLACE with evading his income taxes in the year 2006 by reporting amounts of taxable income which he knew to substantially less than his actual taxable income.
If convicted, SCHILLACE faces a maximum sentence of five (5) years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00 on each count.
U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the Bill of Information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
This matter was investigated by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brian Marcelle.
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