operator of Westport Tree Service Company sentenced to prison for tax evasion | USAO-CT

Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ROBERT PORZIO, 48, of Westport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 12 months and a day’s imprisonment, followed by a year’s probation, for tax evasion. Judge Underhill also ordered Porzio to pay a $25,000 fine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Porzio, which operates Bert’s Tree Service, Inc., deposited numerous customer checks into personal bank accounts, transferred a significant portion of the funds to a personal investment account and was retained by the company’s accountant. its receipt of the additional payments. These misappropriated payments were not reported on either his individual federal income tax returns as additional pay or on the company’s tax returns as additional revenue.

For the 2012 through 2016 tax years, Porzio did not report a total of more than $900,000 in additional income. The underreporting of Porzio’s tax debt and the company’s tax obligations resulted in a loss of $331,388 to the IRS.

Porzio has paid his back taxes, but he still owes interest and penalties.

Porzio pleaded guilty on December 16, 2021.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division and was prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Anastasia King.

Veronica J. Snell