BOSTON - A Greenfield attorney was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Springfield for tax evasion.
Gregory Olchowski, 57, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor to six months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, six months of which will be served in home confinement, and an $8,000 fine. In September 2012, Olchowski pleaded guilty to four counts of tax evasion.
Between Jan. 1, 2003 and Dec. 9, 2011, Olchowski evaded the proper assessment of his federal income taxes for four separate tax years. Olchowski did so by arranging to receive income in the form of cash and checks to third-parties for his own benefit, which he did not intend to report to the Internal Revenue Service; filing individual income tax returns that did not report this income; concealing documents concerning this unreported income that were responsive to a subpoena in a criminal investigation; and providing materially false information to IRS criminal agents. Prior to the sentencing, Olchowski closed his law practice and repaid the IRS $148,805 in taxes, interest and penalties based upon his tax evasion.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations in Boston, made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.
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