NEWARK, NJ — A Monmouth County, New Jersey man today admitted corrupt interference in the administration of internal revenue laws, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said.
Thomas Bertoli, 65, of Matawan, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti to one count charging him with corrupt interference in the administration of income laws internal.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Bertoli operated the following businesses: The Doormen Inc.; City Street Associates LLC aka 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 to expedite real estate development and construction project services, primarily to Jersey City, New Jersey, 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 IRS collection agent 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 communication with the IRS during this period, Bertoli continued to deliberately conceal the existence of Urban Logistics and that he was deriving substantial revenue from his operation of Urban 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.
The charge of corrupt interference in the administration of internal revenue 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 to 2016. is scheduled for February 7, 2023.
U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agents, under Acting Special Agent in Charge Tammy Tomlins, and FBI Special Agents, under Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jihee G. Suh, Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions Division, and Assistant U.S. Attorney J Fortier Imbert of the Special Prosecutions Division.