Indiana Man Pleads Guilty to Perjury for Providing False Testimony
A Carmel, Indiana, resident pleaded guilty today to perjury today in the U.S. District Court in Cleveland, Ohio, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, and U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach of the Northern District of Ohio.
According to the indictment, court documents and statements made at the court proceeding, Alexander Krivozus committed perjury by testifying falsely during the course of a federal grand jury investigation of Cleveland resident, Edward Gurary, who ultimately pleaded guilty in March 2011 to one count of filing a false income tax return on which he wilfully failed to report his Swiss bank accounts. As part of the investigation, bank records indicated that Gurary directed UBS AG to wire funds from his undeclared Swiss bank account, which was held in the name of a nominee Bahamian entity, and requested that confirmations of the transfers be sent to a U.S. fax number in the (317) area code. The investigation established that the fax number was associated with Krivozus. He was subpoenaed to testify before the federal grand jury and testified falsely.
Krivolus faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the perjury offense. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Ciraolo and U.S. Attorney Dettelbach commended the special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, who investigated the case, and Trial Attorney Richard M. Rolwing of the Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Patton of the Northern District of Ohio, who are prosecuting the case.
Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found on the division’s website. Additional information about tax fraud schemes to watch out for may be found on the IRS-Criminal Investigation website.