Indiana Man Charged with Perjury, Obstruction and Making False Statements
Alexander Krivozus, 42, of Carmel, Indiana, was charged earlier this week by a grand jury in Cleveland, Ohio for two counts of making false statements, one count of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice during an investigation into a Cleveland resident who maintained a secret bank account at UBS, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service announced.
According to the documents filed with the court, during 2009 through 2011, the Department of Justice and the IRS were investigating Edward Gurary, of Cleveland, Ohio as a result of receiving records from UBS bank in Switzerland from Gurary’s undeclared bank account at UBS. The records revealed that Gurary had UBS wire funds from his undeclared bank account to various bank accounts in Latvia, and asked UBS to fax the confirmations of some of the wire transfers to a fax number in the (317) area code, a number the government later associated with Krivozus. Krivozus was subpoenaed to testify, interviewed by the government over two days, and testified before the grand jury. In each interview, as well as before the grand jury, Krivozus denied knowing about the Gurary transactions or the faxed confirmations.
According to other court records, Gurary was arrested in February 2011, and pleaded guilty on March 08, 2011 in United States District Court in Cleveland, Ohio to one count of filing false income tax returns with the IRS for the years 2004 through 2008. The charges against Krivozus allege that his statements and denials in the interviews and before the grand jury were false.
Krivozus faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison on each charge, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release.
The case was investigated by the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, and is being prosecuted by Justice Department Tax Division trial attorney Richard M. Rolwing and Assistant United States Attorney Robert Patton.
Additional information about the Justice Department’s Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found at http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/. Additional information about tax fraud schemes to watch out for may be found on the IRS Criminal Investigation Web site at http://www.ustreas.gov/irs/ci/.