FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2011
TDD (202) 514-1888
BROOKLYN ACCOUNTANT PLEADS GUILTY TO TAX CRIMES
CPA Failed to Pay Employment Taxes
WASHINGTON – Silford Warren, of Queens, N.Y., pleaded guilty to failing to pay over employment taxes in connection with his ownership of Silford Warren, CPA PC, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today.
U.S. District Court Judge William F. Kuntz presided over the plea hearing in the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y. The plea agreement and filed criminal information indicated that Warren under-reported his employees’ salaries to the IRS from 2006 through 2008. Moreover, Warren did not collect, truthfully account for, and pay over employment taxes of approximately $108,000.
According to the plea agreement, Warren is required to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $184,263. The restitution amount includes taxes owed by his failing to pay over the employment taxes due to the IRS and the amount of tax resulting from Warren’s filing of false corporate income tax returns for 2005 through 2008.
Warren faces a potential maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing is tentatively scheduled for May 4, 2012.
The announcement of Warren’s plea was made by Loretta E. Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; John A. DiCicco, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Tax Division; and Charles R. Pine, Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI).
U.S. Attorney Lynch and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General DiCicco thanked the IRS-CI agents who investigated the case and Tax Division Trial Attorneys Tino M. Lisella and Sean R. Delaney who are prosecuting the case.