The United States Attorney’s offfice for the Southern District of Florida announced that the operators of several staffing firms were sent to prison for tax and immigration crimes. The defendants were accused of placing workers who were not authorized to work in the United States and not withholding federal income, Social Security, or Medicare taxes.
MIAMI – The operators of several Key West, Florida, labor staffing companies, including PSEB Services JD, Inc., Paradise Hospitality Solutions LLC, Paradise Hospitality Group LLC, Paradise Hospitality Inc. and HBSM Corp. were sentenced to prison today for tax and immigration-related crimes.
According to court documents and statements made in court, at various times between Jan. 2014 and Nov. 2020, Eka Samadashvili, Davit Pavliashvili, and others helped run a series of labor staffing companies that facilitated the employment of non-resident aliens in hotels, bars, and restaurants in Key West and elsewhere who were not authorized to work in the United States. These labor staffing companies did not withhold federal income and Social Security and Medicare taxes from workers’ wages and did not report said wages to the IRS.
Eka Samadashvili was sentenced to 36 months in prison for conspiring to harbor aliens and induce them to remain in the United States and conspiring to defraud the United States. In addition to the term of imprisonment, U.S. District Court Judge Jose E. Martinez ordered Samadashvili to serve three years of supervised release and to pay approximately $8,473,785.69 in restitution to the United States.
Davit Pavliashvili was sentenced to 18 months in prison for conspiring to harbor aliens and induce them to remain in the United States and filing a false federal tax return with the IRS. The court also ordered Pavliashvili to serve three years of supervised release and to pay approximately $16,925.31 in restitution to the United States.
U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida, Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, Special Agent in Charge Anthony Salisbury of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Miami, and Special Agent in Charge Matthew D. Line of the IRS Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.
HSI Miami and IRS-CI Miami investigated the case.
Senior Litigation Counsel Christopher Clark for the Southern District of Florida and Senior Litigation Counsel Sean Beaty and Trial Attorneys Jessica A. Kraft, Nicholas J. Schilling Jr., Matthew C. Hicks and Wilson Rae Stamm of the Justice Department’s Tax Division prosecuted the case.
Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov under case number 23-cr-10003.