STRATFORD PLUMBER SENTENCED TO
13 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR TAX EVASION
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CARL TAYLOR, 59, of Stratford, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 13 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for tax evasion. TAYLOR pleaded guilty to the offense on April 27, 2011.
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.
Today, Chief Judge Thompson ordered TAYLOR to make full restitution to the government in the amount of approximately $130,365, 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 was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Gustafson.
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