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January 26, 2016

Hartford medical office manager gets prison for tax evasion

The office manager of a Hartford medical practice has been sentenced to to five months in prison, followed by five months of home confinement, for filing false tax returns and structuring currency transactions.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office for Connecticut, Andrea M. Dobrozensky, 62, of New Hartford, between 2007 and 2009, while working as an office manager for a medical practice in Hartford, she made numerous transfers and deposits from the medical practice business bank account into her personal bank account as compensation for her services to the medical practice and untaken vacation time.

She failed to report $247,000 in income to the IRS for that time period. She failed to pay $76,750 in additional taxes owed. Prior to sentencing, Dobrozensky paid the IRS $97,986 in back taxes and interest. She also is required to pay penalties on her unpaid taxes.

In 2012, she cashed a number of checks below $10,000 to avoid having the transactions recorded as part of a currency transaction report. The U.S. Attorney’s office said to evade the filing, individuals will often structure their currency transactions so that no single transaction exceeds $10,000.

Structuring involves the repeated depositing or withdrawal of amounts of cash less than the $10,000 limit, or the splitting of a cash transaction that exceeds $10,000 into smaller cash transactions in an effort to avoid the reporting requirements. Even if the deposited funds are derived from a legitimate means, financial transactions conducted in this manner are still in violation of federal criminal law.

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