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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Metairie Man Sentenced For Embezzling Over $7 Million and For Filing False Tax Returns

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that DEEPAK “JACK” JAGTIANI, age 61, a resident of Metairie, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey to 63 months in prison for embezzling over $7 million from his employer and for defrauding the government of over $1 million in income taxes.  JAGTIANI previously pleaded guilty to both counts of the indictment, which charged him with wire fraud and making false statements on a federal income tax return.

According to the court documents, from 2007 to 2019, JAGTIANI served as the comptroller of Dan-Gulf Shipping, Inc., a Metairie-based freight forwarding company. In that capacity, JAGTIANI had the authority to manage the payroll and other accounts for Dan-Gulf.  JAGTIANI admitted that he used his authority to pay himself excessive salaries and benefits from 2009 through early 2019. In total, JAGTIANI defrauded Dan-Gulf and its business partner of over $7,000,000.00. 

JAGTIANI also admitted to filing false personal tax returns. According to court documents, for tax years 2014 to 2017, JAGTIANI claimed business losses through a fake catering business. In total, he claimed enough business losses to offset most of his income for which he would be required to pay federal income tax. In truth and in fact, neither JAGTIANI nor his spouse operated any catering business. In total, JAGTIANI avoided paying $1,232,267.00 in federal income taxes.

As to Count 1, wire fraud, Judge Zainey sentenced JAGTIANI to 63 months in prison and three years of supervised release. As to Count 2, filing false tax returns, Judge Zainey sentenced JAGTIANI to 36 months in prison and one year of supervised release.  These sentences were ordered to run concurrently.  JAGTIANI was also ordered to pay a $100 mandatory special assessment as to each count.

Judge Zainey further ordered JAGTIANI to pay $7,077,137.36 in restitution to Dan-Gulf and Caytrans BBC, LLC, a partner of Dan-Gulf.  JAGTIANI must also pay $1,232,267.00 in restitution to the IRS for unpaid income taxes.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the agencies that contributed to this indictment, including the U.S. Secret Service, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations, and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. U.S. Attorney Strasser also extended his thanks to the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in this matter. This case is an example of the coordinated effort of the federal and state law enforcement authorities within the Louisiana Financial Crimes Task Force, which includes representatives from the U.S. Secret Service, the Internal Revenue Service, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, New Orleans Police Department, Covington Police Department, Hammond Police Department, Kenner Police Department, Mandeville Police Department, Slidell Police Department, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. John the Baptist Sheriff’s Office, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. State Department, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General, and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew R. Payne is in charge of the prosecution.

 

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Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Tax
Updated February 9, 2021