Former IRS agent Ronald C. Heidel, 60, of Sanibel, Fla., received 18 months in prison to be followed by one year of supervised release for making false statements on his and his wife’s joint tax return for the year 2001. Heidel was also ordered to pay a fine of $30,000 and $135,236 in restitution to the IRS.According to court records, Heidel worked as a revenue agent for the IRS from the mid-1970s to early 1979. He was convicted in 1983 on two charges of accepting monetary compensation from a company during his tenure as an IRS agent and filing a false corporate tax return on behalf of a company he had audited during his service with the IRS. In March 1999, Heidel purchased the Gentlemen’s Gold Club, a restaurant and bar in Baltimore County that also featured entertainment by exotic dancers.
As president of the club, Heidel received the cash generated by door admissions charges and sales of food and drinks at the club on a daily basis. Between May 3, 1999, and Dec. 27, 2001, Heidel deposited $1.467 million in cash derived in part from the operations of the club into various personal bank accounts rather than the company’s bank accounts. Many of these cash deposits were between $7,000 and $9,000. This income was not reported to the IRS.
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