Soup Nazi's CFO indicted on tax charges

Al Yeganeh, who inspired the surly soup-making character on the hit NBC comedy is not charged.

The feds are bringing a tax evasion case against the top financial executive at the soup-slinging company inspired by Seinfeld's "Soup Nazi". The total tax loss to Uncle Sam was nearly $600,000, according to prosecutors. The indictment says Soupman's unreported cash and stock compensation during those years was $2.8 million, and the total estimated tax loss to the Internal Revenue Service was $593,000. Mr. Bertrand pleaded not guilty in federal court and was released on bail.

Bertrand allegedly was warned in 2012 by an external auditor that the cash and stock awards should be reported to the IRS.

Bertrand's lawyer did not immediately respond to a comment request.

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.

The company cooks up 47 soups - everything from Beef Barley to Lobster Bisque to Veal Goulash, according to its website. Mr. Yeganeh's fame spread after a 1995 "Seinfeld" episode in which the irascible Soup Nazi berates customers who stand in long lines for his legendary soup, often yelling "No soup for you!"

Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Bridget Rohde said in a statement the country was "fleeced" out of more than half a million dollars in taxes, adding that: "Tax crimes like those alleged in the indictment hurt every American citizen".

  • Zachary Reyes