Mark Gyetvay, Novatek’s deputy chairman, arrested in Florida

In the U.S. state of Florida on charges of tax evasion was arrested Deputy Chairman of the Board of “Novatek” Mark Anthony Jitway. It was announced by the U.S. Department of Justice on its website on Thursday, September 23.

It is noted that the amount of his debt to the state is $ 93 million. From 2005 to 2016, the businessman did not provide information about offshore assets, concealed information about income, tax evasion and untimely submission of tax returns. Jitway faces between five and 20 years in prison for each of the charges against him.

Novatek’s deputy chairman took Russian citizenship in 2019; he had worked in Russia since 1995.

On June 8, Charles Rettig, head of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), announced at a Senate hearing that the agency was investigating leaked information that Elon Musk and other billionaires had failed to pay their federal taxes.

On the same day, an independent investigative journalism organization ProPublica, citing the IRS data that came into its possession reported that billionaires in the United States have paid virtually no taxes, despite the growth of their fortunes. In particular, we are talking about Jeff Bezos, Ilone Musk and Warren Buffett.

According to the publication, the wealth of the 25 wealthiest Americans grew by $401 billion from 2014 to 2018. But collectively, they paid $13.6 billion in federal income taxes during that period, a combined tax rate of 3.4%. Meanwhile, on average, households in the U.S. who earned about $70,000 a year paid the federal government at a 14 percent rate.