(Las Vegas, NV) — Las Vegas bankruptcy attorney Randolph H. Goldberg pleaded guilty today to willful tax evasion for filing tax returns that significantly understated his taxable income and for attempting to hide the income through the use of nominee bank accounts, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.
Goldberg pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro to one count of attempt to evade or defeat tax for the tax year 2008, and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 23, 2013, at 8:30 a.m.
“Paying income tax is a solemn obligation of citizenship,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden. “It is never a good idea to try to hide your income from the IRS, or falsify your tax returns. You will most likely be caught, convicted and sent to prison.”
“Those who are well versed in the law should profoundly know they are not above the law,” said Paul Camacho, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation for Nevada.
According to the plea agreement, during 2008, Goldberg was a licensed attorney in Nevada and practiced in the area of bankruptcy law. Goldberg’s law firm, Randolph Goldberg, Esq., was organized and incorporated under Subchapter S of the IRS Code, which made any income generated by the firm taxable individually to Goldberg. In 2009, Goldberg willfully caused the filing of false and fraudulent federal tax returns for himself and the law firm, knowing that the returns contained false and fraudulent information and understated his true income in calendar year 2008. During 2008 and 2009, Goldberg also attempted to conceal the true income of his law firm by causing proceeds generated by the firm to be deposited directly into his personal bank account and to be deposited into a bank account held by a nominee corporation, separate from his law firm practice.
Goldberg was originally charged in September 2012 with four counts of tax evasion, in addition to five counts of structuring financial transactions.