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N.C. Businessman Charged With Failing To Pay More Than $15 Million In Payroll Taxes For Temporary Staffing Companies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 2010

Washington – A federal grand jury in Greensboro, N.C., Monday returned a 63-count indictment against businessman Bruce Gregory Harrison III, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today.

According to the indictment, Harrison, a resident of Greensboro, did business under various corporate names including U.S.A. Staffing.  He owned or controlled temporary staffing companies operating in at least nine states.  Harrison’s staffing companies were headquartered in Guilford County, N.C., and contracted with client businesses to provide temporary workers.  Harrison’s companies promised to assume full responsibility for the payment of wages and the withholding and transmitting of taxes to the IRS for those employees.  Instead, according to the indictment, Harrison failed to account for and pay over in excess of $15 million in federal payroll taxes for the employees of those companies.

       

Harrison is also alleged to have corruptly endeavored to obstruct the IRS by means of false statements to IRS revenue officers.  Additionally, he allegedly used company funds to purchase personal residences, to buy a yacht and to finance movies.  Harrison is also charged with failing to timely file his own income tax returns for 2004, 2005 and 2006.

       

An indictment merely alleges that a crime has been committed, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

       

Harrison was arrested on Nov. 10, 2010, by special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation in connection to an earlier criminal complaint.   Middle District of North Carolina Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Chut and Tax Division Trial Attorney Jeffrey McLellan are prosecuting the case.

       

More information about the Justice Department’s Tax Division and its enforcement efforts is available at www.usdoj.gov/tax.

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