According to the DoJ, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, escort Jami Kopacz, 46, pleaded guilty to filing a false corporate tax return. Kopacz received payments directly from his escort clients, and also from a private business for whom he worked as an independent contractor.
From 2015 to 2018, Kopacz used his corporation, JK Training, LLC, to receive income, and then filed false corporate tax returns (Forms 1120S) that substantially underreported the company’s gross receipts and total income. The understatement on JK Training’s corporate tax return was consequently passed through to Kopacz’s individual tax returns, which were also false as they underreported his total income.
Kopacz caused a total tax loss of $278,325. The amount of unreported income grew higher during the four-year span, resulting in a failure to pay back taxes of $27,208 in 2015, $34,920 in 2016, $101,875 in 2017 and $114,322 in 2018 for a total IRS loss of $278,325, according to federal prosecutor Christopher Browne.
“Specifically, the defendant failed to report large amounts of cash and check payments he had received from clients,” said the factual statement, which was signed by Kopacz and his defense attorney, Richard Lubin, along with Browne and Justice Department tax attorney Grace Albinson.
Magistrate Judge Patrick M. Hunt accepted Kopacz’s plea and sentencing is schedule before U.S. District Judge Roy K. Altman on March 5, 2021.
Kopacz faces a statutory maximum sentence of three (3) years in prison, as well as a period of supervised release, monetary penalties, and restitution.
But Kopacz is possibly going to serve a shorter sentence because he accepted responsibility, promised to repay the IRS and is cooperating with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in an ongoing investigation of South Florida’s escort industry, according to his plea agreement.
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