Hamden Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Joel P. Garland, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation in New England, announced that IRA MALKIN, 48, of Hamden, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today before Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to one count of tax evasion.
According to court documents and statements made in court, MALKIN worked as a principal salesman for Good Copy Printing Center Inc. (GCP), a printing company located in New Haven. MALKIN earned substantial commissions from GCP based on sales made to customers. Between approximately 2003 and 2012, GCP paid many of MALKIN’s personal expenses. With MALKIN’s consent, GCP reduced MALKIN’s commissions by the amount of personal expenses the company paid. GCP then reported to the IRS through filed W-2 forms that MALKIN had earned substantially less income than he truly earned.
In addition, GCP handled printing jobs for Comcast, which included GCP mailing out flyers and paying the relevant postage expense with the expectation that GCP would subsequently be reimbursed for that expense. MALKIN had GCP pay the postage expense for the Comcast mailings, had Comcast reimburse him for the cost of the mailings, and then had GCP reduce his earned commissions by the amount of postage paid by GCP. Through this arrangement, between approximately 2009 and 2012, GCP further underreported MALKIN’s income on W-2 forms filed with the IRS.
Through this scheme, MALKIN failed to pay $484,581 in federal income taxes.
Chief Judge Hall scheduled sentencing for May 22, 2018, at which time MALKIN faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years. He also has agreed to make full restitution to the IRS, and additional penalties and interest that have accrued on his unpaid taxes.
This matter is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher W. Schmeisser.