Cohens Guilty of Evading Taxes


The father and son pair of developers who built the ‘Flatotel’ group of hotels, Mauricio Cohen Assor and his son, Leon Cohen Levy were convicted of evading taxes on a $33 million sale of a hotel in Florida. In the much publicized trial, a federal grand jury found both defendants guilty as charged. They both face up to 11 years in jail.

The IRS said the Cohens used shell companies overseas owned by cooperating friends and family members and forged documents to dupe the IRS. The Cohens have been living an extravagant lifestyle owning mansions and luxury cars. Consequently, the IRS said they should have declared their income that allowed them to own such expensive assets. But the Cohens claim theses assets are owned by corporations.

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