The chief financial officer of Soupman Inc, a company that licenses recipes from the chef who inspired Seinfeld’s ‘Soup Nazi’ character, was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly failing to pay a wide range of federal taxes.

Robert Bertrand, 62, of Norwalk, Connecticut, is accused of cheating the government out of a half-million dollars.

Bertrand was charged in Brooklyn federal court with failing to pay Medicare, Social Security and federal income taxes on behalf of the employees of Staten Island-based Soupman Inc.

The CFO of Soupman Inc., Bob Bertrand, was arrested for allegedly failing to pay federal taxes over several years on Tuesday

The CFO of Soupman Inc., Bob Bertrand, was arrested for allegedly failing to pay federal taxes over several years on Tuesday

The CFO of Soupman Inc., Bob Bertrand, was arrested for allegedly failing to pay federal taxes over several years on Tuesday

Soupman licenses recipes from the real-life chef who inspired Seinfeld's 'Soup Nazi' character (pictured)

Soupman licenses recipes from the real-life chef who inspired Seinfeld's 'Soup Nazi' character (pictured)

Soupman licenses recipes from the real-life chef who inspired Seinfeld’s ‘Soup Nazi’ character (pictured)

CFO Bertrand, 62, of Norwalk, Connecticut, is accused of cheating the government out of a half-million dollars

CFO Bertrand, 62, of Norwalk, Connecticut, is accused of cheating the government out of a half-million dollars

CFO Bertrand, 62, of Norwalk, Connecticut, is accused of cheating the government out of a half-million dollars

The government said Bertrand paid Soupman employees unreported cash on the side and gave some workers large unreported stock awards from 2010 through 2014. 

The indictment says Soupman’s unreported cash and stock compensation during those years totaled $2.8million, and the estimated tax loss to the Internal Revenue Service was $593,000. 

Bertrand’s lawyer declined to comment.

He pleaded not guilty before he was released on $50,000 bail. 

The company licenses the name and recipes of Al Yeganeh, whose iconic New York soup stand was the inspiration for the ‘Soup Nazi’ character from the sitcom Seinfeld.

In the episode that the soup stand was immortalized, the Soup Nazi famously yells at customers who disobey his strict rules: ‘No soup for you!’ 

Real-life chef Al Yeganeh stepped back from ownership of the shop years ago, but owns an interest in its franchising business and gets licensing fees from the company.

‘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. ‘He still has a key. He handpicked the operator. His soups are his babies.’ 

In the Seinfeld episode that the soup stand was immortalized, the Soup Nazi famously yells at customers who disobey his strict rules: 'No soup for you!'

In the Seinfeld episode that the soup stand was immortalized, the Soup Nazi famously yells at customers who disobey his strict rules: 'No soup for you!'

In the Seinfeld episode that the soup stand was immortalized, the Soup Nazi famously yells at customers who disobey his strict rules: ‘No soup for you!’

Chef Al Yeganeh stepped back from ownership of the shop years ago, but owns an interest in its franchising business and gets licensing fees from the company

Chef Al Yeganeh stepped back from ownership of the shop years ago, but owns an interest in its franchising business and gets licensing fees from the company

Chef Al Yeganeh stepped back from ownership of the shop years ago, but owns an interest in its franchising business and gets licensing fees from the company

Now, after being accused of paying Soupman employees unreported cash on the side and giving some workers large unreported stock awards, Bertrand could face several years in prison

Now, after being accused of paying Soupman employees unreported cash on the side and giving some workers large unreported stock awards, Bertrand could face several years in prison

Now, after being accused of paying Soupman employees unreported cash on the side and giving some workers large unreported stock awards, Bertrand could face several years in prison

‘The United States was fleeced out of more than half a million dollars through the defendant’s corporate misdeeds,’ Acting US Attorney Bridget M. Rohde said.

‘Tax crimes like those alleged in the indictment hurt every American citizen.’

James Robnett, agent-in-charge of New York’s IRS criminal division, said employment tax evasion damages the solvency of the US government and costs employees future Social Security and Medicare benefits. 

If convicted, Bertrand could spend up to five years in prison. 

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