OIG Investigative Reports, Miami Business Woman Convicted of Tax Evasion Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigation Report The United States Attorney's Office Southern District of Florida Public Affairs Office:Alicia Valle Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney (305) 961-9153 Public Affairs Fax (305) 530-7055 Press Release Miami Business Woman Convicted of Tax Evasion October 17, 2008 For Immediate Release R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Michael E. Yasofsky, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division; and Lester Fernandez, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Education, OIG, Investigation Services, announced today the conviction of defendant Sorga Suarez, a/k/a Sorgalim Barzaga, a/k/a Sorgalim Sin Barzaga, a/k/a Sorgalim Valladares, a/k/a Lizette Valladares, a/k/a/ Lizette Solis, of Miami, Florida, on a charge of tax evasion, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7201. Suarez faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five () years for the tax evasion charge. Sentencing is scheduled for January 14, 2009 at 10:30a.m. before the Honorable Marcia G. Cooke. According to the Indictment, court documents, and evidence presented in court, Suarez owned and operated Business Etcetera, Inc. (BEI), a private forñprofit company that was primarily funded by federal student loans and grants issued by the United States Department of Education. BEI was located at 720 N.W. 27th Avenue, Miami, Florida. During calendar year 2001, Suarez received taxable income in excess of $1,000,000 and owed a substantial amount of income tax to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Suarez willfully attempted to evade said income taxes by failing to file an income tax return for calendar year 2001. In addition, she concealed from the IRS the nature and extent of her assets and her true income by having her company, BEI, pay her personal expenses and then falsely classifying the expenditures in corporate accounting records as deductible expenses of the corporation. Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the U.S. Department of Education and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lois Foster-Steers. A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov. Top Printable view Share this page Last Modified: 01/05/2009 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Miami Business Woman Convicted of Tax Evasion Miami, FL , October 17, 2008
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2008-10-17.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.