Waterbury Detective Charged with Obstructing IRS and Lying to Federal Agents
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 07, 2012|
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Hartford has returned an indictment charging Robert Liquindoli, 41, of Waterbury, with one count of obstruction of the administration of the Internal Revenue laws and three counts of making false statements to federal law enforcement agents. The indictment was returned on December 6, 2012, and was unsealed following Liquindoli’s arrest today.
The indictment alleges that from December 2011 through February 2012, Liquindoli obstructed the Internal Revenue Service by obtaining false documents that he intended to present to the IRS in support of deductions he claimed on his tax returns in 2007 and 2008. The indictment further alleges that during three separate interviews with special agents with the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Liquindoli falsely told agents that he possessed original and legitimate documents to support the deductions on his tax returns and denied that he had attempted to obtain false documents to support those deductions.
Liquindoli is a detective with the Waterbury Police Department.
Following his arrest, Liquindoli appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Thomas P. Smith in Hartford and was released on a $200,000 bond.
If convicted of obstructing the IRS, Liquindoli faces a maximum term of imprisonment of three years and a fine of up to $5,000. If convicted of making false statements, Liquindoli faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher Mattei and Eric Glover.