JERSEY CITY, NJ - Tom Bertoli, a one-time key political advisor to Mayor Steven Fulop, has been indicted on additional federal charges for alleged tax evasion and failure to file tax returns, US Attorney Craig Carpenito announced last week.
All the charges, including those announced earlier this month, relate to Bertoli’s alleged failure to report income and pay federal income taxes from 2009 until 2016.
A spokesperson for Bertoli has denied some of the charges, although admits that Bertoli does owe back federal taxes.
Bertoli, operating under several business names has been accused of failing to fully report income that he received as payment for services rendered to developers in Jersey City and income earned as a political consultant in various campaigns throughout New Jersey.
According to the indictment filed against him last week, Bertoli received hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments from 2009 to 2016, but as of April 18, 2017 had not reported them as federal income or paid any taxes on them – except for a nominal payment of $5,000
A spokesperson for Bertoli, however, said Bertoli had made payments after the 2017 date and has arranged a payment plan. The indictment said that Bertoli allegedly concealed and attempted to conceal from the Internal Revenue Service his income and assets, including allegedly false statements to the IRS and use of a personal bank account.
Bertoli was a key figure in Fulop’s successful 2013 bid for mayor but has since become politically estranged from the one-time gubernatorial prospect.
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