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Williamsville man re-sentenced on tax fraud charges

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BUFFALO -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Carlo J. Marinello, Jr., 72, of Williamsville, was re-sentenced upon a jury verdict convicting him of eight counts of failing to file tax returns. A ninth count of conviction, which charged Marinello with obstructing and impeding the due administration of the Internal Revenue Code, was reversed by the United States Supreme Court. The eight counts on which he was sentenced—four of which charged him with failing to file personal income tax returns and four of which charged him with failing to file corporate tax returns—were unaffected by the Supreme Court’s decision. The defendant, who was originally sentenced to serve 36 months in prison, was re-sentenced to time served (21 months in prison) by Senior U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny. Marinello was also ordered to pay $351,763.08 in unpaid taxes. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito, Jr., who handled the case, stated that Marinello was the manager and owner of Express Courier Group/Buffalo Inc. (“Express Courier”), a corporation formed to transport letters and documentation between businesses in New York and businesses in Canada. The business earned hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenues but the defendant failed to file tax returns for the company or personal tax returns for earned income. Specifically, although he was required to do so, Marinello failed to file personal income tax and corporate tax returns for tax years 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.