Dentist pleads guilty to tax evasion


Date: April 5, 2023


Ocala, FL — United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Frantz Brignol has pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion and one count of failing to file a tax return. Brignol faces up to six years in federal prison on the offenses. A federal grand jury had returned the indictment against Brignol on November 22, 2022. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the court records, Brignol, a dentist, had amassed almost $900,000 in tax liabilities to the IRS. Between approximately 2014 and 2020, Brignol evaded his tax payments by hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars in his mother’s bank accounts (for which he had signatory authority), trading funds overseas, and failing to disclose a bank account to the IRS. Despite an annual income of more than $200,000 in the calendar year 2020, Brignol also failed to file an income tax return as required under federal law.

This case is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Hannah Nowalk.