Bozo Payroll Tax Scheme Lands Woman in ClubFed

As I’ve said repeatedly, if you want to get in trouble with the IRS simply don’t remit payroll taxes that have been withheld to the government. You are certain to be investigated, and if any wrongdoing is found the investigation will quickly turn into a criminal probe. This story is about a rather

Nasheba Necia Hunte and Elmo Antonio George formed Winco Holdings Inc in Florida. George and Hunte were the only officers of Winco. They had no employees and paid no wages. Yet Winco filed employment tax returns for 2005-2007 showing substantial tax withholdings…withholdings that never happened. They even sent a rubber check for $1,676,991.16 to the IRS for Winco’s non-existent payroll tax obligations. The check was returned, “contact maker for authority to pay.”

The scheme gets more complex. The pair filed corporate tax returns for 2005 and 2006 that had phony partnership losses passing through to the owners as individuals. This generated refunds of $241,807. These funds were deposited into yet another entity, Dikingdom. The funds were used to buy a home in Georgia; George deeded the home to the “Overseer of Dikingdom” and claimed a church owned the property.

Ms. Hunte then made the not-so-brilliant decision to lie to investigators from IRS Criminal Investigation; she told them she wasn’t who she was. She also changed her address to a non-existent address.

In the end, this was all for naught. The pair were arrested for conspiracy to defraud the IRS and were tried and convicted. Both were also found guilty of two counts of filing false tax returns. She was sentenced last week to 51 months at ClubFed and must make restitution of just over $229,000 to the IRS.

My helpful advice to those considering schemes to defraud the IRS related to payroll withholding: Don’t. Sooner or later, usually sooner, the IRS will investigate and your scheme will fall apart.

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