Computer Consultant Sentenced To Prison For Failing To File Tax Returns

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NEWARK – The owner and operator of a computer consultant business was sentenced today to five months in prison and five months of home confinement for failing to file tax returns.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Greenaway also ordered Steven Hertz, a resident of Union, to pay a fine of $3,000 and to serve one year on supervised release after his release from prison.

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William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge, IRS, Criminal Investigation, Newark Field Office said, “Today’s sentence should send a message that willfully failing to file tax returns and pay taxes will not be tolerated. IRS Criminal Investigation is committed to aggressively pursuing those individuals who commit these types of crimes.”

According to court documents, Hertz was the owner and operator of a computer consultant business. In addition, Hertz was the sole shareholder of Ice Cream on Elmora, Inc., which operates a Carvel Ice Cream shop in Elizabeth, New Jersey. On January 15, 2009, Hertz was indicted by a federal grand jury for failing to file tax returns for the calendar years 2001, 2002 and 2003.

The Indictment charges that for the years 2001, 2002 and 2003, Hertz received income from the computer consulting business and the Carvel Ice Cream Shop. Having received this income, Hertz was required to file a tax return for each of those years, which he intentionally failed to do.

On Aug. 27, 2009, Hertz plead guilty to Count Two of the three-count Indictment. Hertz’s conduct relating to the failure to file tax returns for 2001 through 2003 resulted in an aggregate tax loss to the United States of approximately $74,048.

The investigation was conducted by IRS-Criminal Investigation, Newark Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge William P. Offord.


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