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CFO of Soup Nazi-inspired company indicted on tax charges

24 May 2017

Robert Bertrand, the CFO of Soupman Inc., which licenses the popular "Soup Nazi" character from Seinfeld, has been accused of failing to pay more than $500,000 in Medicare, Social Security and federal income taxes.

According to prosecutors, Bertrand's actions cheated the government out of $590,000 in taxes.

The government says Bertrand paid Soupman employees unreported cash on the side and gave some workers large unreported stock awards.

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Yeganeh was the inspiration for Yev Kassem, a character portrayed by Larry Thomas on a 1995 "Seinfeld" episode who was known for making customers follow strict ordering rules, or risk being shunted away with his forceful bellow: "No soup for you!" From 2010 to 2014, Soupman racked up almost $3 million in unreported stock and cash compensation, and the total tax loss to the government was about $600,000, they said.

He did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

Bertrand, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

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Bertrand faces a maximum five years in prison.

Yeganeh is not an executive of the company, but receives licensing fees from it, owns an interest in its franchising business and is listed on the "Our Team" page of the company's website, which makes heavy use of his likeness.

'He's not going back there to dish out the soup, but he is still the heart of the company, ' Bertrand told NBC in 2010.

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"The United States was fleeced out of more than half a million dollars through the defendant's corporate misdeeds", said Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Rohde.

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CFO of Soup Nazi-inspired company indicted on tax charges