Miami, Florida – Federal prosecutors in Fort. Lauderdale accused the owner of a Lauderdale Lakes towing company of underreporting his income and failing to pay federal tax on money he received under a bribe program – wine and other cash frauds.
Craig Goldstein, 60, of Boca Raton, Fla., Owned West Way Towing, a Lauderdale Lakes business that towed and stored broken-down vehicles, including those involved in accidents, in his yard. According to reports filed today in the Southern District of Florida, Goldstein referred accident victims to certain attorneys and chiropractors who would then illegally bill insurance companies for unnecessary services under the Personal Injury Protection Program. from Florida. Goldstein received a fee for each patient referral, which he collected in cash and failed to report to the IRS, according to the charges. Goldstein also failed to report the money he received from vehicle storage lien fees and vehicle auctions whose sale prices were manipulated to falsely reflect that Goldstein made no profit, says information. It is alleged that Goldstein owes the US government more than $ 130,000 in income tax.
The information accuses Goldstein of three counts of tax evasion. He faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $ 750,000.
Juan Antonio Gonzalez, United States attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Matthew D. Line, special agent in charge of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), made the announcement.
The IRS Miami has investigated this matter. The case is being pursued by US Deputy Prosecutors Jeffrey N. Kaplan and Paul Schwartz.
An information is only an accusation and an accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Court documents and related information are available on the South Florida District Court website at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or to http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov, under file number 22-cr-6002.