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Third Ohio Gambling Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
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Did Not Report Millions from Illegal Gambling Operation

A Florida man pleaded guilty today to conspiring to defraud the IRS in connection with his ownership and operation of illegal gambling businesses in Canton.

According to court documents and statements made in court, from 2009 through 2018, Larry Dayton, 46, along with Jason Kachner, Rebecca Kachner, and other co-conspirators, owned and operated two illegal gambling businesses, Skilled Shamrock and Redemption. Dayton admitted to conspiring with others to defraud the IRS by filing false tax returns that omitted the cash income he received from the gambling businesses and by using a nominee to conceal his ownership. From 2012 through 2017, Dayton did not report more than $2 million in income he received from Skilled Shamrock and Redemption. Dayton and others also created a false “purchase agreement” where he purported to sell the assets of the gambling business to a nominee owner’s entity.

A sentencing hearing for Dayton will be scheduled at a later date. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison for conspiring to defraud the IRS. He also faces a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

On July 14, Jason and Rebecca Kachner pleaded guilty for participating in the tax conspiracy.

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler for the Northern District of Ohio made the announcement.

IRS-Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of the Inspector General, the Ohio Casino Control Commission, and the Ohio Casino Control Commission are investigating the case. Homeland Security Investigations provided substantial assistance.

Trial Attorneys Richard M. Rolwing and Sam Bean of the Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert Patton and David Toepfer for the Northern District of Ohio are prosecuting the case.

Updated July 20, 2022

Press Release Number: 22-775