According to various news outlets, Paul E. Jondle, 61, was sentenced to spend a year and a day in a federal prison, last week. Jondle was the target of an IRS Criminal Investigation Division probe that uncovered his illegal activity. According to prosecutors, Jondle was able to temporaily dupe the Internal Revenue Service into believing that he had not received any taxable income for five years, when in actuality, he had banked millions by taking advantage of his employees.
Jondle owned and operated Future Health in Malden, Massachusetts. Because he was barred from practicing chiropractic medicine, he hired subcontractors to come into the office and provide services to customers. When patient’s insurance company paid for a portion of the services rendered at Future Health, tax documents would be generated and sent to those who earned the income. Because Jondle paid subcontracting chiropractors a portion of the insurance fee, the income should have been attributed to him first, and he would be responsible for reporting to the IRS how much he paid his staff. Instead, Jondle lied on insurance documents, causing insurance companies to attribute all of the insurance proceeds to the various chiropractors that rendered services at Future Health. This illegal action resulted in the IRS being informed that Jondle had made no money and that the subcontracted chiropractors made much more than they actually received.
The IRS estimates that Jondle failed to report over $3 million over five years. Court documents show that Jondle spent his earnings on mortgage payments, lavish landscaping, luxury pet hotels, and tuition. Things could have been a lot worse for Jondle as the maximum penalty for tax evasion is five years in prison per count. Although he was able to escape nearly four years of potential prison time, the financial impact of his punishment will last far beyond his time behind bars.
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