New Jersey Woman Sentenced to Prison for Tax Crime and Defrauding Non-Profit

By July 7, 2015Tax Crimes, Tax Fraud

On Oct. 14, 2014, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rochelle Biesenthal, of Brigantine, New Jersey, was sentenced to 12 months and a day in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $171,187 to the victim organization and $61,637 to the IRS. On May 28, 2014, Biesenthal pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and three counts of tax evasion. According to court documents, Biesenthal engaged in a scheme to defraud a non-profit organization in Philadelphia that provides opportunities for Jewish individuals to engage with their Jewish heritage and reaffirm their Jewish identity. Biesenthal carried out the scheme between 2002 and April 2009, while she was employed as a bookkeeper at the organization. She fraudulently prepared and issued checks and authorized electronic debits from the organization’s bank accounts to herself and to pay her personal and family’s personal credit cards. As
part of the scheme, she defrauded the organization of a total of well over $400,000. In addition, she never reported her unauthorized income in her tax returns in tax years 2007 through 2009 and concealed the true sources of her income.