Casey Szaflarski has been arrested for allegedly assisting a criminal organization operate gambling activities as well as for alleged tax fraud. According to the indictment, Szaflarski was charged with conducting an illegal gambling business since 2002. Szaflarski is also accused of failing to report over than $255,000 of business income during the time period of 2004 through 2006. In addition, he is accused of failing to file a federal income tax return for 2007.
These charges were brought in a superseding indictment in United States v. Polchan, et al., a criminal case in which seven other defendants have been indicted on racketeering conspiracy charges for alleged criminal activity, including illegal gambling, obstruction of justice, and arson. Szaflasrki has not been charged in the racketeering conspiracy or arson counts. However, he has been charged with conducting an illegal gambling business with co-defendants Michael Sarno and Mark Polchan.
The counts against Szaflarski carry maximum terms of incarceration of five years for operating an illegal gambling business; three years for filing false federal income tax returns; and one year for failing to file a federal income tax return. Each count also carries a maximum fine of $250,000, with the exception of the failing to file count; that count is a misdemeanor and carries a maximum fine of $100,000.
What is most concerning about tax crimes is not only the maximum statutory punishments available but also the costs associated with being convicted of such a crime. Defendants convicted of tax offenses must be assessed mandatory costs of prosecution and remain liable for back taxes, interest, and penalties owed. This serves to make the consequences of these crimes all the more serious.
If you have been charged or believe you may be charged with a tax crime or any federal crime, you should get proactive and contact an experienced federal criminal defense attorney to aid you in defending your freedom. The consequences are too serious to ignore.
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