Federal officials say Suffolk Downs bettors who wanted to avoid taxes on their winnings knew they could count on Gary Boyar to help them out - by cashing in their tickets and filling out the required tax forms with his dead father's social-security number, in exchange for 10% of the receipts.
A federal grand jury in Boston indicted Boyar earlier this month on charges of tax evasion, corruptly endeavoring to impede the IRS and filing false alarms for money he allegedly made at the track between 2004 and 2006.
According to the indictment against him, Boyar, known as a "ten percenter," laundered some $2 million for 985 worth of winning bets at the race track, from people who didn't want the IRS to know they'd won $600 or more on a particular race. Under the alleged scheme, the winners would give him their tickets and he'd cash them in at a special window for large successful bets, in which he used his father's social-security number - but his own name and address - on the required tax forms.
The indictment says Boyar reported no income at all on his 2005 and 2006 tax returns. In 2008, the indictment charges, he filed a 2004 return showing income of just $5,500 - and a demand for a $591.74 refund.
When the feds began nosing around in 2010, the indictment says, Boyar lied to investigators, claiming he'd never been to Suffolk Downs and certainly didn't know anything about fraudulent gambling tax forms.