If you live in Las Vegas, you are bound to have seen the numerous television commercials advertising and touting the services of Las Vegas attorney Randolph Goldberg.
Thursday, the Las Vegas bankruptcy attorney pleaded not guilty to tax evasion and it’s not the first time that Goldberg has had issues with the law.
Randolph Goldberg received a public reprimand in 2009, along with other sanctions, for his handling of a clients bankruptcy case that he began handling in 2004. He allegedly filed multiple Chapter 13 petitions for a single debtor in order to collect extra fees and was ordered to return all the fees to the client.
The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that Goldberg was chastised in 2010 for violating professional standards by a bankruptcy judge.
Goldberg’s latest and most serious allegations to date relate to tax evasion and structuring transactions in order to avoid paying taxes.
He was indicted earlier in the week by a federal grand jury and is facing four counts of tax evasion and five counts of structuring transactions in order to avoid paying taxes.
It was reported by Fox 5 News that Goldberg maintained two bank accounts; one was for his business and one for his personal use and that Randolph Goldberg failed to report income from his personal bank account.
He allegedly deposited the fees he received for services rendered into both of the accounts that he maintained at Bank of America.
Goldberg is also accused of filing fraudulent tax returns from 2005 through 2008.
In 2008, Randolph Goldberg allegedly structured 147 deposits by spreading them out into five (5) separate Bank of America accounts that totaled more than $1 in an alleged attempt at evading taxes.
Goldberg has hired another high profiled Las Vegas attorney, David Chesnoff to defend him.
He was released on his own recognizance after the hearing and ordered to surrender his passport.
The trial of Randolph Goldberg is expected to begin on November 29, 2012.