Security co. owner gets 3 1/2 years

SSN Staff  - 
Monday, March 1, 2004

MIAMI - A former Miami-Dade police officer and owner of a security company here has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison following his conviction on six counts of tax evasion.

William B. Oertwig, who owns and operates Intercontinental Electronic Security Systems, an alarm installation and monitoring company, was convicted in last year of failing to file income tax returns from 1996 to 2001 (SSN, October 2003). He was sentenced last month on that conviction.

Oertwig, a 28-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department, was convicted on six counts of tax evasion after filing false W-4 forms with Miami-Dade County stating that he was exempt from any withholdings, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Additionally, Oertwig also gave false statements to the Internal Revenue Service and refused to respond to a grand jury subpoena.

Following his conviction, Oertwig faced a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.