Los Angeles – LAWFUEL – Yesterday afternoon, the former owner of Art Marble Design, Inc., of Moorpark, made his initial appearance in United States District Court in Los Angeles to answer charges that he evaded federal income taxes for the years 1998 through 2002.
Giancarlo Pertile, who owned and operated of Art Marble Design, Inc. until 2002, was indicted last week on five counts of tax evasion alleging that he did not report the profits from the operation of his business on his personal tax return. According to the indictment, Pertile deposited business receipts into a bank account which he concealed from his bookkeeper and from his accountant. As a result of Pertile’s concealment of business receipts from his bookkeeper and his accountant, Pertile caused false and fraudulent corporate income tax returns to be filed with the Internal Revenue Service, falsely understating Art Marble Design, Inc.’s income for the years 1998 through 2002. Further, Pertile is alleged to have lied to the IRS during a civil audit.
In addition to the preparation and filing of the false corporate income tax returns, Pertile filed individual income tax returns, for the years 1998 through 2002 that falsely understated his taxable income. In three of the five years detailed in the indictment, Pertile claimed that he did not have taxable income and he indicated on those returns that he had no tax due and owing to the IRS. In two of the years, Pertile filed returns with the IRS that indicated that he had a small amount of taxable income and tax owing to the government.
United States Magistrate Judge Stephen J. Hillman set Pertile’s arraignment for Monday, March 10, 2008.
If convicted of all the counts alleged in the indictment, Pertile faces a statutory maximum of 25 years in federal prison and fines totaling $500,000.
The investigation of Pertile was conducted by IRS-Criminal Investigation in Los Angeles in conjunction with United States Department of Justice – Tax Division Trial Attorneys from Washington D.C.
An indictment is a charging document which contains allegations of violations committed by defendants. All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty before the court.