MANHATTAN U.S. ATTORNEY CHARGES THREE FORMER CHELSEA PIERS REFEREES AND BASKETBALL PROGRAM MANAGER IN SCHEME TO EVADE INCOME TAXES

US Attorney – Manhattan – Defendants Stole Identities Of Children And Others To Mask Income Received From Officiating Games

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and CHARLES R. PINE, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division (“IRS-CID”), announced charges today against PETER IULO, a former referee and basketball program supervisor at Chelsea Piers Management, Inc. (“Chelsea Piers”), and JAMES MURRAY, a Chelsea Piers employee who oversaw the basketball program, for their roles in a scheme to use stolen identities to evade taxes on income paid to various referees in Chelsea Piers’ adult basketball leagues.

Two other referees, GERARD FAHY and ROBERT SPENCE, pled guilty yesterday for their participation in the scheme. IULO and MURRAY were arrested this morning and arraigned this afternoon in Magistrate Court.

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