MILFORD MAN CHARGED WITH TAX EVASION
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that ROBERT W. SANTILLO, 46, of Milford, was arrested yesterday on federal tax evasion charges. On March 21, 2012, a grand jury in New Haven returned an indictment charging SANTILLO with two counts of tax evasion and three counts of failure to file a federal tax return. The indictment was unsealed following SANTILLO’s arrest.
According to the indictment, SANTILLO was employed by a construction company in a managerial position with responsibilities that included evaluating potential construction jobs, preparing and submitting bids for construction jobs, supervising demolition and asbestos projects, selecting subcontractors to perform on certain construction jobs and managing jobs being performed. B&G Enterprises, Inc. was a subcontractor for the construction company on numerous asbestos abatement projects performed in Connecticut.
The indictment alleges that, in 2005 and 2006, SANTILLO received a total of approximately $790,600 from B&G Enterprises in the form of cash, checks payable to SANTILLO and checks payable to SCC Consultants, LLC, a nominee entity SANTILLO formed in an effort to conceal taxable income from the Internal Revenue Service. SANTILLO deposited most of these payments into his personal bank account and an SCC Consultants bank account that SANTILLO used to pay numerous personal expenses. The indictment alleges that SANTILLO failed to pay taxes on this income, and that he failed to file federal tax returns for these two years.
In addition, the indictment alleges that SANTILLO failed to file federal tax returns for the 2007, 2008 and 2009 tax years, during which he had total gross income of $319,587.
Following his arrest yesterday, SANTILLO appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons in Bridgeport. He is currently detained.
The charge of tax evasion carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, on each count, and the charge of failure to file a return carries a maximum term of imprisonment of three years, on each count.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This matter is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, and the United States Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.
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