Ex-IRS agent admits tax evasion

October 05, 2006|By Matthew Dolan | Matthew Dolan,SUN REPORTER

A former IRS agent and owner of a Baltimore adult club pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to tax evasion.

Ronald C. Heidel, 59, of Sanibel, Fla., had been indicted in December on charges of making false statements on his personal and corporate tax returns from 1999 through 2001 for a company that controlled the Gentlemen's Gold Club on Pulaski Highway.

Heidel also was charged with illegally separating almost $1.5 million in cash deposits to avoid currency transaction reporting requirements.

Heidel worked as a revenue agent for the IRS in the 1970s. Later, Heidel owned the Gentlemen's Gold Club from 1999 until 2002.

Yesterday, he pleaded guilty to a single count of making false statements on his joint personal tax return in 2001. According to the agreement, the amount of losses in tax revenue will be determined by the judge at Heidel's sentencing, scheduled for March 3.

Heidel could receive a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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