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United States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
Press Release

April 27, 2011

STRATFORD PLUMBER PLEADS
GUILTY TO FEDERAL TAX EVASION CHARGE

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CARL TAYLOR, 58, of Stratford, pleaded guilty today before United States Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford to one count of tax evasion.

According to court documents and statements made in court, TAYLOR is the owner of Fairfield County Plumbing, a sole proprietorship located in Stratford.  Between 2003 and 2006, TAYLOR willfully attempted to evade payment of his federal income taxes by skimming gross receipts of his plumbing business and paying personal expenses from his business accounts and claiming them as business expenses.  As part of his tax evasion scheme, TAYLOR instructed several of his employees to solicit checks from clients payable in his name, “Carl Taylor,” rather than in the name of the business.  TAYLOR then cashed the checks made payable to him and did not deposit the monies into his business’ bank account.  Since this money was not recorded on the books of the business, nor deposited into the business’ account, these gross receipts were not included on TAYLOR’s income tax return.  TAYLOR also deducted personal expenses as business expenses and similarly lowered the figures on his Schedule C profit, thereby substantially reducing his tax for the years 2003 through 2006.

Sentencing is scheduled before United States District Chief Judge Alvin W. Thompson on July 14, 2011, at which time TAYLOR faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $100,000.

As part of his guilty plea, TAYLOR has agreed to make full restitution to the government in the amount of approximately $300,000, which represents his taxes due and owing as well as penalties and interest.

This matter was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael J. Gustafson and James Smart.

 

CONTACT:

 

U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722
thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

 

 

 

 

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