-Miami, FL.

Maurice Rodriguez, of North Miami Beach. At today’s sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno sentenced Rodriguez to nine months in prison on each of eight counts, to be served concurrently, followed by one year of supervised release. Rodriguez was also ordered to pay $54,711 in restitution to the IRS.

Rodriguez pled guilty on March 16, 2012 to two counts of willfully filing false personal income tax returns, and six counts of aiding in the preparation of numerous false federal income tax returns. More specifically, Rodriguez pled guilty to Counts 1 and 2 of the indictment, which charged him with knowingly making and subscribing a false Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns, for calendar years 2005 and 2006. In this regard, Rodriguez admitted to inflating his wife’s income, and other business expenses in 2005 and 2006, and filing the tax returns with the IRS knowing that the returns were not accurate as to every material matter, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206 (1).