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District of Nevada

Monday, January 5, 2015

Las Vegas Man Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Tax Evasion

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A Las Vegas man who formerly operated a well-known local adult entertainment club and owned an escort service business, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Phillip M. Pro to 15 months in prison for his guilty plea to tax evasion, announced U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada.

Emannouil “Manny” Varagiannis, 44, was also ordered to pay $230,651 in restitution and to forfeit two homes in Las Vegas. Varagiannis was originally charged in September 2012, and pleaded guilty on April 9, 2014, to one count of tax evasion. He must report to federal prison by April 3, 2015.

“We work with the IRS to enforce the nation's tax laws,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden.  “We will do this fully, fairly, and consistently, through both criminal and civil litigation, in order to promote voluntary compliance with the tax laws and to maintain public confidence in the integrity of the tax system.”

According to the guilty plea agreement and court records, IRS Criminal Investigation began investigating Varagiannis in 2012 as a result of him conducting unusual banking activities.  At that time, Varagiannis was the owner of Midnight Entertainers, an adult escort service in Las Vegas. The investigation revealed that Varagiannis was structuring deposits into two financial institution accounts in order to avoid reporting the money to the IRS.  Specifically, between Jan. 6, 2009, and Aug. 16, 2012, Varagiannis made 182 deposits totaling approximately $1.5 million.   Further investigation revealed that Varagiannis and his wife used the funds from the two accounts to purchase two separate homes for cash.  Further investigation also revealed that Varagiannis failed to declare federal taxes he owed for the years 2009 through 2011, totaling $230,651, and that he willfully took affirmative steps to evade or defeat payment of the taxes, including conducting transactions to avoid financial institution reporting requirements to the IRS.

The case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cristina D. Silva.

Updated February 4, 2015