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Sentencing continued for man in federal fraud conviction

Jason Syrek, a 39-year-old former Holmes Beach resident faces 87 months in prison, plus fines and a sizable restitution demand for health care fraud and filing a false tax return.

In December 2012, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized sports cars and a luxury boat from 5311 Sunrise Lane, Holmes Beach. Syrek no longer resides at the address, but ownership has not changed.

The vehicles belonged to Syrek. The seizure stemmed from an October 2012 complaint filed against Syrek with the FBI in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.

According to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit, Syrek pleaded guilty to health care fraud and filing a false tax return May 15.

His sentencing hearing, scheduled for September, was adjourned to November.

According to court records, Syrek engaged in health care fraud from May 2008 to December 2010 while operating CAS Resources of Adrian, Mich.

The company provided human resources outsourcing, such as payroll, taxes and employee benefits.

CAS collected $1.75 million in premiums from clients in the latter part of 2010. The premiums were due to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, but Syrek admitted diverting the funds for personal use.

Syrek also claimed on tax returns to have paid more than $1.8 million in payroll taxes, knowing he had diverted the bulk of those funds to himself.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, which assisted in the investigation, Syrek owes taxes in excess of $13.4 million.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Syrek faces up to 87 months in prison, a fine up to $250,000 and restitution in excess of $15 million to government agencies.

At the time of the property seizure, Syrek was an agent of AMI Beach Inn LLC, listed as owner of the Holmes Beach address raided by the FBI. Both that property and a unit at the Mainsail Beach Inn, 101 66th St., Holmes Beach, were under a government protective order. The Mainsail property is owned by Syrek with Suzanne Burrow.

The corporate entity, AMI Beach Inn, now lists the Mainsail address and Burrow as registered agent. Burrow also is listed as owner of a Palma Sola Trace condo with a Holmes Beach post office box for a mailing address.

And Burrow is listed by the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations, as the registered agent and/or owner of HR Direct Services Inc.; SGB Consulting HR Inc.; and RBI Solutions Inc.; all with related Holmes Beach addresses or post office boxes.

Earlier this year an Atlanta business person told The Islander that Syrek was actively soliciting business in human resources.

He also was observed recently visiting the post office in Holmes Beach, driving a new Porsche Turbo.

According to the complaint, the health care scheme began while Syrek was jailed at Morgantown Federal Correctional Facility in West Virginia for more than $800,000 in bank fraud. According to a 2007 article in the Toledo Blade, he repaid that debt from jail.

According to the Manatee County clerk’s office, in August 2011, an IRS notice of $11,030,158 in federal tax liens was recorded against Syrek.

In March 2012, another IRS tax lien of $5,831,664 was recorded against AMI Beach Inn LLC as nominee, fraudulent conveyee and/or alter ego of CAS Resources.

In the current scheme, according to the complaint in U.S. District Court, Syrek, through his ex-wife, Kristie Kneuve, allegedly submitted a group enrollment form to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in 2008 to secure group coverage for 10 employees of CAS, including Syrek, Kneuve and eight fictitious employees, and then added their clients’ employees.

Also, according to the complaint, Syrek admitted to taking the BCBS premiums for personal use, including the purchase of beachfront properties, cars, a boat and millions of dollars worth of other investments.

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