Thomas Bertoli, a major player in Hudson County politics and a onetime advisor to Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, was charged with tax evasion corrupt interference with administration of IRS laws, and failure to file a tax return.
U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced that Bertoli had received a summons to appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge at a later date.
The complaint alleges that Bertoli “obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars in gross receipts for calendar years 2009 to 2016. Bertoli had not, as of April 18, 2017, filed federal tax returns or paid any of the taxes due, other than a $5,000 nominal payment in September 2014, for those years.”
Bertoli operated several businesses during that time period, the government says, including: City Street Associates, and Urban Logistics.
According to federal prosecutors, Bertoli received payments from clients, “including payments from developers and construction firms for expediting services on real estate development and construction projects, primarily in Jersey City, New Jersey; and payments from political campaigns for political consulting services in New Jersey.”
The U.S. attorney’s office said that “expediting in the construction industry typically refers to facilitating the acquisition of building permits and other government agency approvals required for the completion of real estate projects.
“He concealed and attempted to conceal from the IRS his income and assets through various means; Bertoli cashed at check cashers payments from his clients, made false and fraudulent statements to the IRS, and used the Urban Logistics bank account for personal expenditures,” the government claims.
Bertoli is accused of not paying taxes between 2009 and 2012 and evading the assessment of taxes for 2014.