Pain clinic owner pleads guilty to tax evasion and money laundering

 

Date: February 4, 2020

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Tampa, Florida – Tom Wynne has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit tax evasion, one count of tax evasion, and seven counts of money laundering. He faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in federal prison for each of the tax-related counts and up to 10 years in federal prison for each money laundering count.

According to the plea agreement, Wynne owned and operated Pain and Wellness Clinic ("PWC"), a pain management clinic in Pinellas County. He hired medical doctors to prescribe for patients large quantities of Schedule II controlled substances, like oxycodone and hydromorphone, outside the usual course of professional practice. Wynne used the illegal proceeds generated from PWC to purchase real property in the Tampa Bay area.

For each tax year, beginning in 2014 and continuing through tax year 2017, Wynne underreported PWC's gross receipts on his tax filings. He also conspired and agreed with PWC physicians to defraud the IRS by creating and preparing, among other false and fraudulent tax-related documents, false and fraudulent IRS Forms 1099 to pay the clinic's two doctors.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit. The Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit was created by the Department of Justice to help combat the devastating opioid crisis. The Unit focuses specifically on opioid-related health care fraud, using data to identify and prosecute individuals contributing to the prescription opioid epidemic. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Greg Pizzo and Kelley Howard-Allen.