FORMER NEW HAMPSHIRE
CONTRACTOR SENTENCED FOR TAX EVASION
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – United States Attorney John P. Kacavas announced today that Gerard Poulin, formerly of Hudson, New Hampshire, was sentenced on February 2, 2010 to 18 months in federal prison for attempting to evade payroll taxes for three New Hampshire contracting businesses he formerly controlled.
Poulin controlled Jerry Construction, Inc.; Dipat Construction, Inc.; and Kel-Rick Construction Management, Inc., all of which were located on Security Drive in Hudson, New Hampshire. A mainstay of the companies’ work was the installation of drywall products. From about January 1, 2002, through about July 31, 2004, under Poulin’s direction and supervision, the companies paid a substantial portion of many of their employees’ wages in cash without withholding federal income taxes and Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) taxes from the cash wages. Poulin also caused the companies to file fraudulent Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Returns with the IRS that substantially understated the wages actually paid to their employees and the taxes due and owing to the United States. Poulin’s conduct resulted in a tax loss to the United States of about $950,000.
On May 7, 2009, Poulin pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to evade or defeat taxes. Today, in United States District Court in Concord, New Hampshire, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay a fine of $25,000. The court ordered Poulin to surrender to a designated federal prison on March 5, 2010.
This case was investigated by the Manchester, New Hampshire, Office of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Inspector General’s Office for the United States Department of Labor. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark S. Zuckerman and Trial Attorney Thomas Voracek of the United States Department of Justice Tax Division.