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Monday, February 14, 2022

Tampa, Florida – U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Steven Brickner has pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return. Brickner faces a maximum sentence of three years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the plea agreement, in 2017 Brickner raised funds from investors allegedly for the establishment of a marijuana cultivation and distribution business. Brickner failed to report to his tax preparer about $1.05 million in “income” he earned in that tax year. The source of this income was the investment business he carried out in 2017. Brickner used a significant portion of this income to purchase high-end vehicles for his personal use and other purposes and activities that are n were not related to the company. If Brickner had reported all of these funds as “income”, the inclusion of these funds would have resulted in a substantial amount of additional tax due and payable by him for that year. Thus, Brickner’s failure to report income caused a significant loss of tax revenue in the United States.

This matter was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation. He is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay L. Hoffer.

Updated on February 14, 2022