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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Jupiter Attorney Pleads Guilty to Filing False Tax Returns with the IRS

A Jupiter trust and estate attorney pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge James M. Hopkins in West Palm Beach to filing false personal income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in which her income was underreported, resulting in additional tax due of $923,695 for tax years 2007 through 2012.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), made the announcement.

Kathleen Kozinski, pled guilty to a criminal information charging her with two counts of filing a false tax return, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(1), for tax years 2008 and 2011.  As part of her plea agreement, Kozinski agreed to pay $923,695 in restitution to the IRS to reflect unpaid and underreported taxes due and owing for tax years 2007-2102.  Kozinski is scheduled to be sentenced before United States District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg in West Palm Beach on October 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.  At sentencing, Kozinski faces up to three years in prison per count of conviction.

According to court documents, Kozinski was an attorney with a solo estate planning and probate practice, Kathleen G. Kozinski, PA, located in Jupiter, Florida. For tax years 2007 through 2012, Kozinski failed to report all of her income on her individual Form 1040 tax returns.

Specifically, Kozinski willfully failed to report all of the gross receipts from Kathleen G. Kozinski, PA on her Form 1120S, Income Tax Return for an S Corporation. Shareholders of S corporations are required to report the flow-through of income and losses on their personal tax returns and are assessed tax at their individual income tax rates.  Kozinski underreported her income on her individual Form 1040 tax returns by not reporting all of the gross receipts from her law practice on her Form 1120S.

In addition to not including all of the gross receipts, Kozinski also falsely claimed “mortgage write-off” losses in the amount of $137,293.00 in tax year 2007, while she knew she had not provided an actual loan to another individual and was not entitled to this deduction. In tax year 2011, Kozinski claimed a loss of $113,745 on a “Schedule F Farm Loss” by falsely claiming that she paid labor expenses and insurance expenses, but the defendant did not operate a farming business and knew she was not entitled to these deductions. In 2012, Kozinski claimed a “Home Office” expense of $39,001, but the defendant knew that she was not entitled to claim this deduction because she did not have a home office.    

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aurora Fagan.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Topic(s): 
Tax
Updated July 28, 2016