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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 9, 2016

Webster Man Pleads Guilty To Failing To Report More Than $571,000 Of Income To IRS

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051
 
ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Brent Derouen, 37, of Webster, NY, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of failing to file federal income tax returns before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan W. Feldman.  The charges carry a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the case, stated that Derouen operated a stock promotion business, OTC Advisors LLC. In 2009 and 2010, the defendant earned income of approximately $181,000 and $390,000. Derouen knew he was obligated to report this income to the Internal Revenue Service, and pay taxes on it, but deliberately failed to do so. As a result, the defendant has agreed to pay more than $460,000 to the United States for taxes he owes, plus penalties and interest on the unpaid taxes.

The plea is the result of an investigation by Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Shantelle P. Kitchen, Special Agent in Charge.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 11, 2016 at 9:30 before Judge Feldman.

Updated May 10, 2016