BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source: USDOJ Verbatim Advisory) — A South Florida male escort who lied to the IRS about his income pled guilty today in federal court in Ft. Lauderdale to filing a false tax return.
According to court documents, 46-year-old Jami Kopacz worked as a paid escort for clients across the United States. Kopacz received payments directly from his escort clients and 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. Then, he 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 returns 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.
Kopacz’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 5, 2021, in Ft. Lauderdale before the Honorable U.S. District Judge Roy K. Altman. Kopacz faces up to three years in prison plus supervised release, penalties, and restitution.
Ariana Fajardo Orshan, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, and Tyler R. Hatcher, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.
IRS-CI Miami investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Browne and Trial Attorney Grace Albinson are prosecuting it.
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