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BOSTON, MA - A Marblehead man was sentenced today in federal court for perjuring himself before a U.S. District Court Judge.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Susan Dukes, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation - Boston Field Office, announced today that YALE STROGOFF, age 74, of Marblehead, MA, and also of Aventura, FL, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to 6 months imprisonment, to be followed by 2 years of supervised release (with 6 months of home confinement and electronic monitoring) and a $20,000 fine. STROGOFF pled guilty to one count of perjury on October 2, 2009.

At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that STROGOFF was the owner of a business engaged in the purchasing and reselling of scrap metal. In March 2007, STROGOFF testified in a pre-trial evidentiary hearing before U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf concerning a criminal tax case. During that hearing, the issue of STROGOFF’s use of cash for illicit business purposes was raised. STROGOFF was asked several times, and in several different ways, about having had a practice of paying his company’s employees a portion of their weekly wages in cash, to which STROGOFF responded six times that he could not recall or remember. In fact, for a period of at least twenty years beginning in about 1980, and continuing until at least the early 2000s, STROGOFF’s employees were given weekly pay envelopes, often by STROGOFF personally, which contained both a check and cash. The amount of cash was significant, usually about 1/3 of the total weekly wages paid. The practice continued until the early 2000s when STROGOFF was first approached by the Internal Revenue Service in connection with its criminal investigation. As a result of STROGOFF’s perjury at the hearing, the Government dismissed all charges in the criminal tax case.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark J. Balthazard of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.

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