Former senior executive of defense contractor pleads guilty to federal tax evasion charge


Concealed more than 530,000 dollars in income

Date: August 25, 2022


A former senior executive for a defense contractor pleaded guilty in the District of Columbia today to tax evasion.

According to court documents and statements made in court, from 2013 through 2015, Zachary A. Friedman, of New York, New York, worked in the United Arab Emirates as a senior executive for a U.S. Department of Defense contracting company. From 2013 to 2015 Friedman evaded taxes he owed to the IRS by providing false information to his tax preparer that underreported the income he earned for each of those years. In total, Friedman concealed approximately $530,000 in income, causing a tax loss to the government of more than $207,000.

Friedman is the fourth defendant associated with the defense contracting company to plead guilty. Charles Squires (February 2022), James Robar (March 2022), and Ronald Thomas (April 2022) all pleaded guilty to tax evasion.

Friedman is scheduled to be sentenced at a later date. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison for tax evasion. He also faces a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department's Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves for the District of Columbia made the announcement.

IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction are investigating the case. Assistance was provided by the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement (J5), which brings together the taxing authorities of Australia, Canada, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Senior Litigation Counsel Nanette Davis and Trial Attorneys Sarah Ranney and Ezra Spiro of the Tax Division, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Leslie Goemaat of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia are prosecuting the case.