Monmouth County Doctor Pleads Guilty to Structuring and Tax Charges
TRENTON, NJ—A Monmouth County, New Jersey, doctor today admitted he structured transactions in order to avoid reporting requirements and filed false tax returns, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Dr. Paul DiLorenzo, 60, of Ocean Township, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson in Trenton federal court to Counts Two and 12 of a second superseding indictment charging him with structuring financial transactions and helping to file false tax returns.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Between 2009 and June 27, 2012, DiLorenzo received more than $2 million in cash payments from his patients. On at least 35 occasions, the office received payments exceeding $10,000 in a single day. Between May 28, 2009, and Nov. 2, 2011, DiLorenzo deposited approximately $1 million in cash into banks accounts in his name and in the name of his business. The deposits included 150 separate transactions, all but one of which were for amounts of less than $10,000. Transactions of $10,000 or more trigger Currency Transaction Report requirements. DiLorenzo admitted he made the deposits for less than $10,000 to evade the reporting requirement.
On March 29, 2011, DiLorenzo helped his accountant file a U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, Form 1040, for the 2010 tax year, reporting gross receipts of $444,331, knowing his gross receipts were approximately $1 million. In May 2012, DiLorenzo helped his accountant prepare a tax return for the 2011 tax year in which he reported gross receipts of $537, 236. In fact, his gross receipts were in excess of $800,000.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford in Newark; special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigations, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen; and special agents and task force officers from the Tactical Diversion Squad of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Carl Kotowski, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The structuring charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $500,000; the tax charge carries a maximum potential penalty of three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 18, 2014.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Joseph Gribko of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Trenton and Yael Epstein, Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division.