Sam Ciccolini sentenced to six months incarceration, fined more than $834,000
Samuel R. Ciccolini was sentenced to six months of incarceration today and ordered to pay more than $834,000 in fines and after previously pleading guilty to one count of structuring financial transactions to evade reporting requirements and one count of making and subscribing a false tax return, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
U.S. District Judge James Gwyn also sentenced Ciccolini two years of supervised release upon completion of his incarceration.
Ciccolini, 70, of Akron, Ohio did, knowingly and for the purpose of evading the statutory reporting requirements for financial transactions, made a structured deposit of $1,038,680 in U.S. currency by 139 individual cash deposits at bank branches in the Akron area between 2003 and 2006, according to court documents.
On April 15, 2004, Ciccolini willfully made and subscribed an Individual Income Tax Return Form 1040 and verified in writing that his personal taxable income for the tax year 2003 was $101,064.00, whereas he then knew his actual income was $407,062. The unreported taxes for the 2003 tax year was $129,432, according to court documents.
Ciccolini is a Roman Catholic priest and the executive director of Interval Brotherhood Home, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.
The investigation leading to the conviction was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bulford.