Bankruptcy attorney pleads not guilty in tax evasion case

Bankruptcy attorney Randolph H. Goldberg pleaded not guilty in federal court Thursday to tax evasion charges.

Goldberg, 48, who regularly advertises on television, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday. He is facing four counts of tax evasion over a four-year period and five counts of structuring financial transactions to avoid paying taxes.

The government also is seeking to recover more than
$1.1 million from the high-profile attorney, who is accused of filing false tax returns between 2005 and 2008.

After a brief hearing Thursday, Goldberg, who earlier in the day had surrendered to federal authorities, was ordered released on his own recognizance, and a Nov. 29 trial date was set.

He also was ordered to surrender his passport by 3 p.m. today.

His lawyer, David Chesnoff, has promised to mount a vigorous defense.

According to the indictment, Goldberg used two separate Bank of America accounts to deposit the legal fees he received from his clients but only reported the income deposited into one of the accounts to the Internal Revenue Service.

Between January and December 2008, the indictment alleges, Goldberg structured 147 cash deposits into five Bank of America accounts totaling more than $1.1 million to evade taxes.

Goldberg, who was chastised by a federal bankruptcy judge in 2010 for violating professional standards, also is the subject of disciplinary proceedings at the State Bar of Nevada over what is alleged to be misconduct in several bankruptcy cases.

Contact Jeff German at jgerman@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-8135.

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