FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2010
TDD (202) 514-1888
IDAHO BUSINESSMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FAILURE TO PAY EMPLOYMENT TAXES
WASHINGTON – Roberto Trevizo Corral, a resident of Nampa, Idaho, pleaded guilty today before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale in Boise, Idaho, to one count of failure to collect and pay over employment taxes, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced.
According to court documents, Corral is the president of AG Services Inc., also known as Corral Agriculture, Inc., an agricultural employer in Idaho that provides agricultural labor to area farmers.
According to the criminal information, during calendar year 2004 and continuing through Jan. 31, 2005, Corral willfully failed to truthfully account for and pay over to the IRS withheld income taxes and Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes owed on behalf of AG Services, Inc. and its employees.
According to the plea agreement, Corral admitted that he was responsible for paying over all of the payroll taxes his corporation was required to pay to the IRS, including AG Services, Inc.'s matching share of FICA tax, for calendar years 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. Corral admitted to willfully failing to pay over in excess of $700,000 in payroll taxes. Corral has agreed to pay restitution to the IRS of $771,252.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 28, 2010. Corral faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.
Acting Assistant Attorney General John A. DiCicco of the Justice Department's Tax Division commended the efforts of the special agents from IRS - Criminal Investigation Division who investigated the case, as well as Tax Division trial attorneys Christopher S. Strauss and John P. Scully who are prosecuting the case. Acting Assistant Attorney General DiCicco also thanked the United States Attorney's Office in Boise, Idaho for its support in this matter.