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South Florida Man Sentenced to Jail for Tax Fraud

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

Paul F. Wrubleski, a resident of Weston, Florida, was sentenced to serve 55 months in prison on tax fraud charges, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today.  Wrubleski was convicted earlier this year of one count of corruptly impeding the due administration of the internal revenue laws and four counts of filing false claims for tax refunds following a jury trial in in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida.


According to court documents and the evidence presented at trial, Wrubleski had a decade-long pattern of filing false documents with the IRS.  Wrubleski impeded the IRS by filing false IRS forms that claimed he was exempt from income tax withholding and by filing false tax returns, including four tax returns that requested over $1.5 million in federal refunds.  Wrubleski also sent obstructive letters, tax returns and other false documents to the IRS between 1999 and 2010.  In addition, the indictment alleged and the evidence proved that Wrubleski filed for bankruptcy in 2006 in order to impede IRS collection actions.


In addition to the term of imprisonment, Wrubleski was ordered to pay $79,963 in restitution and to serve three years of supervise release following his release from jail.


The case was investigated by special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation.  Trial Attorney Charles M. Edgar Jr. of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bertha R. Mitrani for the Southern District of Florida prosecuted the case.


Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found at the division website.

Updated September 15, 2014

Press Release Number: 14-545