A Key West
man has been sentenced to four years in prison for committing tax crimes and immigration fraud.
According to a Department of Justice official release, Volodymyr Ogorodnychuk assisted in operations for Paradise Choice LLC, Paradise Choice Cleaning LLC, Tropical City Services LLC, and Tropical City Group LLC, all of which were South Florida staffing companies.
The businesses specialized in providing labor for restaurants, bars, hotels, and other tourist destinations throughout Key West and the Florida Keys.
The Department of Justice shared these details regarding the former business manager’s guilty plea:
As part of his plea, Ogorodnychuk admitted that he and his co-conspirators paid the workers without withholding Social Security, Medicare and income taxes from their wages, and then did not report those wages to the IRS as required by law. Ogorodnychuk also admitted he and his co-conspirators defrauded the IRS out of more than $3.5 million in employment taxes.
U.S. District Court Judge Jose E. Martinez for the Southern District of Florida sentenced Ogorodnychuk to 48 months in prison, with three years of supervised release following.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, and IRS-Criminal Investigation investigated this particular tax crime and immigration fraud case.
The IRS’s continued crackdown on tax evaders comes amid news that the agency will receive $80 billion dollars in additional funding, some of which will be used to hire 87,000 new employees, as a provision of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.
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