September 11, 2018

Good Copy owner pleads guilty to tax evasion

Photograph | Good Copy
Photograph | Good Copy
Louis Goldberg.

Louis Goldberg, owner of Good Copy Printing Center in New Haven, has pleaded guilty to tax evasion.

Last Friday, the 71-year-old Goldberg waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty in New Haven federal court to one count of aiding and assisting in the filing of a false tax return. He faces a prison term of up to three years.

The government was represented in the case by John H. Durham, U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Kristina O'Connell, special agent in charge of IRS criminal investigation in New England.

According to court documents and courtroom testimony, Goldberg's nephew, Ira Malkin, was employed as a salesman by his company, Good Copy Printing Center. For his sales to Good Copy customers Malkin was paid "substantial" commissions by Good Copy. In addition, the company also reimbursed Malkin for personal expenses.

Over a period of about ten years ending in 2012, Malkin agreed to have his commissions reduced by the amount reimbursed to him for personal expenses. Through this tactic Good Copy thus reported to the IRS through filed W-2 forms that Malkin had earned substantially less than he was in fact paid by the company.

In addition, Good Copy handled printing jobs for Comcast, which would reimburse Good Copy for related mailings and postage expenses. According to the court, Malkin arranged for Good Copy to pay the postage expense for the Comcast mailings, had Comcast reimburse Malkin for those costs and then reduce Malkin's earned commissions by the amount of postage paid by Good Copy.

Also according to the court, between 2003 and 2012 Good Copy underreported $40,490 in Medicare taxes.

Goldberg is scheduled to be sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall on November 29. He faces a maximum prison term of three years.

Reach Michael C. Bingham at mbingham@newhavenbiz.com

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