An Arizona man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for his role in a money laundering scheme that netted him hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Justice Department announced Thursday.
Gino Carlucci was sentenced to 188 months in prison for his role in the scheme, in addition to defrauding the Internal Revenue Service, a department news release states.
Carlucci and a co-defendant Wayne Mounts, who was sentenced to 64 months in prison in January, stole money and other items from Ohio tax return preparer Joseph Flickinger, according to trial evidence. Prosecutors say Carlucci and Mounts defrauded Flickinger out of high-end vehicles and a Lake Erie condo, which the duo sold for more than $200,000. In addition, the duo spent $150,000 of the funds to buy a luxury boat, which Carlucci hid from government authorities, according to the news release.
Flickinger, who was himself defrauding clients in his own scheme, has been sentenced to 70 months in prison in a separate case.
Kansas District Judge Kathryn H. Vratil ordered Carlucci to pay $893,716 in restitution to Flickinger’s victims and to the IRS, according to the release. The government also seized much of Carlucci’s money and assets, including a 39-foot boat, a Sea Doo jet ski and other vehicles.
The Justice Department’s Tax Division trial attorneys Richard Rolwing, Hayden Brockett and Monica Edelstein.