Local man admits corrupt interference in administration of internal tax laws

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A Matawan resident has admitted corrupt interference in the administration of domestic tax laws, US attorney Philip R. Sellinger said.

Thomas Bertoli, 65, recently pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti to one count charging him with corrupt interference in the administration of domestic tax laws, according to a press release. from the US Attorney’s office.

According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court, Bertoli operated the following businesses: The Doormen Inc.; City Street Associates, LLC, also known as CSA, LLC; and Urban Logistics, LLC (urban logistics).

Bertoli, individually and through the Bertoli Companies, has obtained payments from clients for services provided, including payments from developers and construction companies for expedited services on property development and construction projects, primarily in Jersey City, and political campaign payments for political consulting services in New Jersey.

Acceleration in the construction industry generally consists of facilitating the obtaining of building permits and other approvals from government agencies required for the completion of real estate development and construction projects.

On June 5, 2014, Bertoli was interviewed by an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) collections officer at Bertoli’s residence. Bertoli had not filed tax returns for calendar years 2009 through 2013, although he earned income during that time and owed a total of $195,889 in taxes for those calendar years.

At this time, Bertoli derived income primarily from his operation of Urban Logistics, a company he owned and of which he was the sole employee.

Bertoli, however, falsely claimed that he was employed as a construction worker at a construction company to conceal the existence of Urban Logistics and the income he derived from his Urban Logistics operation.

After the June 2014 interview until November 2015, Bertoli was aware of certain actions taken by the IRS to collect the taxes he owed, including the application of levies and the requirement that he perform a estimated tax payment for calendar year 2014.

In communications with the IRS during this period, Bertoli continued to deliberately conceal the existence of City Logistics and that he derived substantial revenue from his operation of City Logistics.

Bertoli admitted that in concealing the existence of Urban Logistics from the IRS, he acted knowingly and in a corrupt manner, that is, for the purpose of obtaining an illegal advantage for himself- even blocking and impeding IRS collection activity.

According to the press release, the charge of corrupt interference in the administration of domestic tax laws carries a potential maximum sentence of three years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

If accepted by the court at sentencing, the parties’ plea agreement provides that Bertoli will receive a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison and return $1.17 million in full to the IRS for the unpaid taxes for calendar years 2009 through 2016. is scheduled for February 7, 2023, according to the press release.

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