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Texas man sentenced for tax evasion

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas
Evaded more than $1M on income earned abroad and impeded investigation

HOUSTON – A Texas man has been ordered to federal prison for evading his taxes by not reporting income he earned while working overseas.

Peter Joseph Tignini pleaded guilty Aug. 21, 2023.

U.S. District Judge George C. Hanks has now ordered him to serve 41 months in prison and to pay a $150,000 fine as well as $1,169,348.60 in restitution to the United States.

According to court records, from 2013 to 2018, Tignini worked in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, earning over $4,750,000 in income. However, for tax years 2013 through 2017, Tignini filed false returns that claimed his income was only approximately $100,000 each year. The amount Tignini reported each year was near or below the amount that U.S. citizens who live and work abroad for most of a year can exclude from their taxable income on their U.S. tax return. Tignini did not file a return for 2018. As a result, Tignini caused a tax loss to the IRS of $1,169,348.

Following an interview with federal law enforcement, Tignini altered his employment contract and payroll documents to make it appear his former employer, not Tignini himself, was responsible for failing to report the income and pay the tax. Tignini then caused his attorneys to provide the false documents to the Department of Justice’s Tax Division and the IRS. After investigators asked a witness about the online program Tignini used to create the phony documents, Tignini attempted to delete the documents from his account.

IRS Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Goldman prosecuted the case along with Senior Litigation Counsel Sean Beaty and Trial Attorney Brian Flanagan of the Tax Division.

Updated February 5, 2024