New Britain Bakery Operator Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation in New England, announced that MARIAN KOBRYN, 63, of Farmington, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty today in New Haven federal court to one count of making a false statement on a federal tax return.
According to court documents and statements made in court, KOBRYN and his wife own and operate Kasia’s Bakery, located on Broad Street in New Britain. Until recently, Kasia’s Bakery routinely operated on a “cash only” basis. During the 2010 through 2013 tax years, KOBRYN diverted a total of $730,860 in cash that the business received, deposited the money into his and his wife’s personal bank accounts, and failed to pay $242,889 in federal taxes on the income.
The investigation revealed that KOBRYN attempted to conceal the diverted cash proceeds by regularly traveling to several branches of Farmington Bank to make cash deposits in amounts under $10,000 in order to evade the bank’s currency transaction reporting requirements.
KOBRYN is scheduled to be sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Warren W. Eginton in Bridgeport on August 25, 2015, at which he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of three years and a fine of up to $100,000. KOBRYN also has agreed to pay back taxes and applicable interest and penalties.
This matter has been investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Sheldon.