Interest charge

Westport man sentenced to prison for tax evasion: Feds

WESTPORT, CT — A Westport man was sentenced Monday to 12 months and a day in jail, followed by a year of supervised release, for tax evasion, according to the US Department of Justice.

In a press release, U.S. District Attorney for Connecticut Leonard Boyle said Robert Porzio, 48, who operates Bert’s Tree Service, Inc., was also fined $25,000.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Porzio is accused of depositing numerous client checks into personal bank accounts, transferring a significant portion of the funds into a personal investment account, and keeping receipt of additional payments from the company’s accountant.

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These misappropriated payments were not reported on either his individual federal tax returns as supplemental pay or on company tax returns as supplemental receipts, Boyle said.

According to Boyle, Porzio failed to report a total of more than $900,000 in additional income for the 2012-2016 tax years. The underreporting of Porzio’s income tax and the company’s payroll tax obligations resulted in a loss to the IRS of $331,388, Boyle said.

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Porzio pleaded guilty on December 16. He paid his back taxes but still owes interest and penalties, Boyle said.

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