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Owners of charter fishing and river cruising
boat companies sentenced to prison, probation, for tax evasion

January 7, 2013


TRENTON, N.J. – A father and daughter who own and operate Bogan’s Deep Sea Fishing Center in Brielle, N.J., were sentenced today for failing to report or pay income taxes on a large portion of the money they took in while running their business, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

William H. Bogan Sr., 77, was sentenced to six months in prison and six months home confinement with electronic monitoring. His daughter, Sharon Bogan, 47, was sentenced to two years of probation. The defendants previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to Informations charging them with income tax evasion. Judge Wolfson imposed the sentences today in Trenton federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Bogan Sr. and Sharon Bogan owned and operated a number of charter fishing and river cruising boats located in Brielle and Point Pleasant, N.J. From 2004 through 2009, the Bogans kept for their personal use a large portion of the business receipts received by their charter fishing and river cruising boats – primarily payments in the form of cash and checks made out to “Captain Bogan” – and failed to report these receipts on their respective personal income tax returns. William Bogan admitted that in 2006 alone, he failed to report more than $300,000 in income he diverted from the charter fishing and river cruising boats. William Bogan further admitted that he maintained a “second set of books,” which was recovered by special agents of the IRS during a search of his personal residence and which he used to record the amount of income he received but did not report to the IRS.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Wolfson sentenced William Bogan to two years of supervised release and ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of IRS – Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Shantelle P. Kitchen, with the investigation that resulted in today’s sentences.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Kelly of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit in Newark.


Defense counsel:
William Howard Bogan Sr.: Kevin H. Marino Esq., Chatham, N.J.
Sharon Bogan: Lawrence S. Horn Esq., Newark, N.J.

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