MIAMI, Fla. — On Friday, Craig Goldstein, 60, of Boca Raton, Fla., owner of a Lauderdale Lakes towing business, pleaded guilty to three counts of tax evasion for underreporting income and non-payment of federal tax on money he received through a personal account. Injury Protection Kickback Program (PIP) and other cash fraud. Sentencing was set for August 16.
As part of his plea change, Goldstein admitted the following: He owned West Way Towing, a Lauderdale Lakes company that towed — and stored in its yard — broken down vehicles, including those involved in crashes. . Goldstein referred accident victims to certain attorneys and chiropractors who would then illegally bill insurance companies for unnecessary services under Florida’s Personal Injury Protection Program. Goldstein charged a fee for each patient referral, which he collected in cash and did not report to the IRS, the charges allege. Goldstein also failed to report money he received from vehicle storage lien fees and vehicle auctions whose sale prices were manipulated to falsely reflect that Goldstein made no profit, according to information.
Goldstein 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, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.
The IRS field office in Miami investigated the matter. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffrey N. Kaplan and Paul Schwartz.
Court documents and related information can be found on the District Court for the Southern District of Florida website at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.govunder file number 22-cr-60002.