The operators of a Key West, Florida, labor staffing company, Phoenix ADB Services Inc., pleaded guilty today to tax and immigration crimes related to the operation of their business.
Former City of Key West Police Officer Igor Kasyanenko and Roman Riabov both pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to defraud the United States and harbor aliens and induce them to remain in the United States. Mikus Berzins and Andrejs Kozlovs both pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly hiring 10 or more aliens who were not authorized to work in the United States.
According to court documents, from approximately 2014 to 2020 Berzins, Kasyanenko and Riabov owned and operated Phoenix ADB Services Inc. Kozlovs worked for the company from approximately 2016 to 2020. As part of their respective guilty pleas, all four men admitted to facilitating the employment of individuals in hotels, bars and restaurants in Key West and other locations, even though the employees were not authorized to work in the United States. In addition, all four men admitted they paid the workers without withholding Social Security, Medicare and income taxes from their wages, and then did not report those wages to the IRS. Kasyanenko and Riabov also admitted they encouraged workers to enter the United States and remain in the country, in violation of immigration laws.
All four defendants are scheduled to be sentenced on May 27. Kasyanenko and Riabov face a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties. Berzins and Kozlovs face a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a period of supervised release and monetary penalties.
A federal district court judge will determine each defendant’s sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez for the Southern District of Florida made the announcement.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, and IRS-Criminal Investigation are investigating the case.
Senior Litigation Counsel Sean Beaty and Trial Attorneys Jessica A. Kraft and Nicholas J. Schilling Jr. of the Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Clark for the Southern District of Florida are prosecuting the case.
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