According to a report from NJ.comtrucking companies, a Monmouth County, New Jersey trucking company owner admitted in federal court Wednesday that he inflated the expenses of his wine delivery business to avoid paying more than $460,000 in taxes.

Giacomo Giorlando, 54, of Morganville, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton to three counts of tax evasion and one count of bankruptcy fraud, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said Giorlando, owner of 4 G's Trucking, filed for bankruptcy in May 2014 while hiding at least 11 bank accounts he used to mix business revenue with his personal funds.

Giorlando admitted he was responsible for a $460,012 tax loss in 2011, 2012 and 2014 as a result of concealing taxable income deposited in those accounts and inflating his business expenses.

Giorlando, who was charged following an investigation by the Internal Revenue service, faces a maximum potential sentence of up to five years in prison on each count and a $250,000 fine, prosecutors said.

His sentencing has been scheduled for Nov. 17.

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According to reports from the New Castle (PA) News, a North Beaver Township man who took over the finances of his brother's trucking company in Bessemer is accused of stealing more than $263,000 from the business.

The Lawrence County District Attorney's Office has charged David B. Martin, 72, of 133 Terrace Drive with 268 felony counts of forgery, five felony counts each of theft and receiving stolen property, and 121 misdemeanor counts of unauthorized access device fraud in connection with the alleged embezzlement. Altogether he is facing 390 charges.

According to a criminal complaint filed in court by a district attorney's detective, Martin wrote 52 unauthorized checks from the company's checking account for his own use, totaling about $61,407 in 2015. He wrote an additional 21 unauthorized checks from the trucking company's bank account, totaling $72,587, between 2015 and 2016, the complaint alleges. FRAUD CHARGES

Martin's brother, William, and his wife Kathy, owners of the trucking company, made a complaint to the bureau claiming David Martin had taken a large amount of money over a five-year span. They also alleged that David Martin had used the company's credit card to buy a variety of items. The investigator alleges that Martin had made 124 unauthorized transactions on the company credit cards, which totaled about $5,854.37.

Those alleged unauthorized purchases, that began in 2012 according to the report, included: multiple fuel and drug store purchases, insurance, golf course fees and golf equipment, hardware store purchases, fines paid to court, airline tickets for family members, charges at a Las Vegas restaurant, and charges at Mountaineer Casino.

William Martin told the investigator that David Martin was living in Florida when he took over the business, and that he asked him for a job with the company when he had lost a job in Florida.

According to the complaint, William Martin explained that David joined the company as a garage manager, and he slowly gave him more responsibility and paid him an annual salary. The owner said that over time, David took on some of the financial work including organizing billing and managing the incoming and outgoing mail. He eventually took control of the office staff, the couple reported.

Kathy Martin allegedly told the investigators that David Martin was not allowed to write himself checks from the company, and that he manufactured false codes for checks that were written to him and entered them into an accounting program under the names of various vendors. She also alleged that David Martin had purchased a Rolex watch for $10,500 from the Martin Trucking accounts, which she discovered while obtaining all of the company's financial records, the complaint states.

She alleged that David Martin also had purchased two vehicles from the company's checking accounts — a 2007 Ford FreeStar mini van for $10,000 and a 1987 Dodge Dakota truck for $4,500. She contended that he also was writing reimbursement checks for health insurance bi-weekly for his wife, and that he did not take the company's health insurance because he chose to be on his wife's plan. she alleged that the amount he was taking was the same amount her employer was deducting from her paychecks, according to the investigator's report.

The complaint alleges that the checks that were allegedly stolen and forged by David Martin ranged from 2012 through 2016.

Martin was arraigned on his charges by District Judge Jennifer L. Nicholson, who committed him to the Lawrence County jail on $100,000 bond.

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