A Cranston man was found guilty last month of threatening the lives of an IRS agent assigned to the Warwick office and the agent’s family.
The verdict against Andrew A. Calcione, 49, was delivered in U.S. District Court after the defendant waived his right to a trial, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Calcione is facing up to 20 years in prison and $500,000 in fines on counts of threatening to assault and murder both the agent and his family, with sentencing set for Sept. 11.
“The vast majority of Americans understand the payment of their federal taxes is part of their civic responsibilities. A very small number do not, and an even smaller number not only refuse to pay their taxes, but engage in the kind of outrageous, threatening, and frankly bizarre behavior involved here,” said Neronha.
According to prosecutors, an examination of Calcione’s personal federal tax returns for years 2008, 2009 and 2010 revealed an estimated $330,000 tax liability to be assessed against Calcione.
Prosecutors say in April 2013, while continuing to work on the audit, the agent requested that Calcione and an ex-wife sign a consent form to extend the time of the assessment. Calcione signed the form, but the ex-wife did not, and on July 12, 2013, the agent left Calcione a voicemail regarding the form’s status.
Three days after the agent left a voicemail for Calcione inquiring about the status of a tax form, prosecutors say Calcione left two voicemail messages for the agent.
According to the government’s evidence, the first message, dated June 15, 2013, contained a threat made by Calcione stating that if the agent called him again he would show up at the agent’s home and torture the agent, then rape and kill his wife and injure his daughter while the agent watched, before killing the agent.
The government says the second message, made later the same day, was a request by Calcione to disregard the first message, which he claims was left in error.