CAMDEN, N.J. – An Atlantic City, New Jersey, man today admitted his role in a conspiracy to defraud the IRS of $119,880 in income taxes over three years, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced today.
John Schultz, 74, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court:
Schultz, William Boland, and another conspirator were partners in Royal Rolling Chairs Inc., a business based in Atlantic City that provided rolling chair transportation services to patrons on the boardwalk. As owners, they were responsible for accurately reporting income received by the business to the IRS.
Schultz admitted that he and his two partners hid gross cash receipts from the operation of the business and did not report this revenue to the IRS. He admitted that the business maintained a second set of books, which tracked the unreported cash revenue taken out of the business. The total tax loss from the conspiracy was $119,800.
The charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gain or loss from the offense. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2017.
Boland previously pleaded guilty to the same conspiracy charge and is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Rodriguez on Oct. 25, 2016. Abdus Mian, the bookkeeper for Royal Rolling Chairs, pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal investigators and was sentenced on April 4, 2016 to one year of probation.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen and special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher, Newark Field Office, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Deputy Attorney in Charge Matthew J. Skahill of the U.S. Attorney=s Office in Camden.
Defense counsel: Edwin J. Jacobs Jr. Esq., Atlantic City