Sarasota woman pleads guilty to making a false statement in a tax return


Date: April 5, 2024


Tampa, FL — United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Olga Dedovets has pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement in a tax return. Dedovets faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the plea agreement, Dedovets co-owned and helped to operate a roofing business based in the Middle District of Florida. In November 2018, Dedovets willfully made a false statement in her Individual Income Tax Return Form 1040 for tax year 2017, then signed it, and caused that return to be filed with the Internal Revenue Service. The false statement in that tax return related to income that she and the other owner of the roofing business had earned from that business in 2017. Dedovets failed to report to her tax preparer more than $1 million in income on that 2017 Form 1040, which was income derived from roofing work. Most of that income was concealed in bank accounts which Dedovets did not report to the tax preparer.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (CI). It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay L. Hoffer.

CI is the criminal investigative arm of the IRS, responsible for conducting financial crime investigations, including tax fraud, narcotics trafficking, money-laundering, public corruption, healthcare fraud, identity theft and more. CI special agents are the only federal law enforcement agents with investigative jurisdiction over violations of the Internal Revenue Code, obtaining a more than a 90 percent federal conviction rate. The agency has 20 field offices located across the U.S. and 12 attaché posts abroad.