A Nevada restaurateur pleaded guilty today to tax evasion.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Raul Gil, 63, owned and operated three Casa Don Juan restaurants in Las Vegas. From 2014 to 2018, Gil had his accountant prepare false books and records for Gil’s restaurants that understated restaurant cash sales by approximately $5.1 million. Gil then provided the false documents to his tax preparer, who prepared Casa Don Juan’s corporate income tax returns and Gil’s personal income tax returns each year. As a result, the Casa Don Juan corporate tax returns were false for each of those years. Since the profits from the restaurant were transferred to Gil personally, his individual tax returns for those years were also false. Finally, because Gil ordered the three restaurants to underreport their total sales, Nevada sales tax returns for the restaurants were also false during those years.
In July 2018, the IRS launched an audit of Gil. During the audit, Gil asked his accountant to provide the IRS with false profit and loss statements that matched the figures shown on the tax returns. Gil also ordered his accountant to provide the IRS with false daily cash and sales reports allegedly printed from the restaurants’ point-of-sale systems. During interviews with the IRS, Gil falsely told the Auditing Revenue Officer and then IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agents that the falsified daily cash reports and point of sale records sale were accurate.
In total, Gil caused a tax loss to the IRS of approximately $1.6 million.
“Restaurant owners who engage in a large number of cash transactions must report all of their income, like everyone else,” said Acting Assistant Deputy Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Taxation Division. . “We will investigate and prosecute those who harm their honest competitors and fellow citizens by willfully evading these laws.”
“In today’s tough economic environment, it’s more important than ever that the American people have confidence that everyone is playing by the rules and paying the taxes they owe,” said Albert Childress, Special Agent in Charge. IRS criminal investigations. “Americans who file accurate, honest, and timely returns can be assured that the government will hold accountable those who do not.”
Gil is due to be sentenced on November 10 and faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for tax evasion. He also faces a period of supervised release, restitution and financial penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.
IRS-Criminal Investigation is investigating the case.
Trial Attorneys Thomas Flynn and Jacob Green of the Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Schmale of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada are prosecuting the case. Former tax division prosecutors Michael Landman and Stephen Moulton also provided valuable assistance.