LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- A Las Vegas bankruptcy attorney was sentenced to two years in prison for tax evasion.
Randolph H. Goldberg, was also fined $40,000, paid $720,719 in restitution at sentencing and must surrender his law license for two years. He also will serve three years of supervised release.
Goldberg is expected to self-report to federal prison by Aug. 22.
"As this sentence indicates, the penalties are severe if you willfully evade or defeat payment of your federal income taxes," said Daniel G. Bogden, U.S. attorney for the District of Nevada. "Cheating on your taxes is not a way to remove debt and is never a good option."
Goldberg pleaded guilty on March 29 to one count of attempt to evade or defeat tax in 2008; he also admitted to filing tax returns that were understated compared to his actual taxable income.
According to the facts in the plea agreement, Goldberg’s law firm, Randolph Goldberg, Esq., was organized and incorporated under Subchapter S of the IRS Code, which made any income generated by the firm taxable individually to Goldberg.
In 2009, Goldberg willfully caused the filing of false and fraudulent federal tax returns for himself and the law firm, knowing that the returns contained false and fraudulent information and understated his true income in calendar year 2008.
During 2008 and 2009, Goldberg also attempted to conceal the true income of his law firm by causing proceeds generated by the firm to be deposited directly into his personal bank account and to be deposited into a bank account held by a nominee corporation, separate from his law firm practice.