Monmouth County GOP siblings arrested & charged with tax evasion

A Monmouth County brother and sister were arrested last week on federal charges of tax evasion.

Enrico Cifelli, 51, of Holmdel, New Jersey, and Michelle Bocchieri, 42, of Matawan, New Jersey, were each charged by indictment on March 3, 2022, with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Cifelli is additionally charged with one count of evasion of payment of payroll taxes, four counts of failure to pay over payroll taxes, and one count of evasion of assessment of income tax.

Cifelli and Bocchieri were arrested Friday, March 4, 2022, and they made their initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lois H. Goodman via videoconference.

Cifelli was released on a $500,000 unsecured appearance bond and Bocchieri on a $250,000 unsecured appearance bond. Arraignment is scheduled for April 4, 2022, by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan.

According to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger, documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Cifelli and Bocchieri, who are siblings, conspired to evade the payment of more than $1.5 million in payroll taxes, penalties, and interest that Cifelli owed the IRS from 2013 through October 2020.

Cifelli’s tax liability stemmed from the unpaid payroll taxes of two companies that he controlled: Cifelli Disposal Inc., a waste disposal business, and LBAB LLC.

Cifelli failed to pay the vast majority of payroll taxes for Cifelli Disposal for the years 2004 through 2008 and for LBAB for the years 2009 through 2015, resulting in more than $1.5 million in taxes, penalties, and interest. 

To avoid paying the IRS and give a false impression that Cifelli lacked the ability to pay his back taxes, Cifelli and Bocchieri conspired to have Bocchieri fund Cifelli’s lifestyle through an entity she nominally owned, but Cifelli controlled.

For instance, Bocchieri caused her company to pay the down payment, mortgage, and other expenses for Cifelli’s personal residence, a 5-bedroom, 5½-bath, 6,166 square feet, $1.6 million mansion located at 8 Raintree Ct, in Holmdel, NJ, which is pictured above.

Bocchieri lives in this 2378 square feet single-family home with 4 beds and 3 baths at 28 Marc Dr, Matawan, NJ 07747.

Bocchieri lives in a 2378 square feet single-family home with 4 beds and 3 baths at 28 Marc Dr, Matawan, NJ 07747. Her husband, John Bocchieri, is an electrical contractor who received a Paycheck Protection Loan of $4,486 through Cross River Bank, which was approved in April 2021.

Cifelli and Bocchieri are both registered Republicans.

Cifelli submitted a false Offer in Compromise to the IRS in June 2016, making multiple misrepresentations and material omissions of his assets and household income, while offering to settle his tax debt for pennies on the dollar.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, or twice the gross pecuniary gain or loss to any person, whichever is greatest.

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