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BROOKLINE OPHTHALMOLOGIST CHARGED WITH TAX EVASION AND OBSTRUCTION OF TAX AUDIT

JUNE 22, 2011

BOSTON, Mass...MARK S. HUGHES, 50, of Brookline, was charged today in an Information with tax evasion and obstruction of a tax audit.

The Information alleges that from 2003-2009, HUGHES evaded paying taxes to the Internal Revenue Service on millions of dollars of income, causing a tax loss of over $800,000. As detailed in the Information, HUGHES accomplished his tax evasion by diverting money that he was earning as a practicing ophthalmologist to a consulting firm he owned called Omega. Through Omega he made over $2 million in contributions to a defined pension benefit plan. As set forth in the Information, HUGHES knew that those $2 million in contributions were taxable income, but instead did not pay taxes, instead using those sums to make contributions to a defined pension benefit plan. It is alleged that in 2008, during an IRS audit of Omega’s defined pension benefit plan, HUGHES obstructed that audit by communicating false information to the IRS about the nature of Omega’s business.

If convicted on the tax evasion charge, HUGHES faces up to five years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. If convicted on the obstruction charge, HUGHES faces up to three years in prison, to be followed by one year of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation – Boston Field Office made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy Sternberg of Ortiz’s Health Care Fraud Unit.

The details contained in the Information are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

 

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