Canton Man sentenced to 15 months in prison on tax conviction
Michael R. Tucker was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Patricia A. Gaughan to15 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Tucker, age 46, lives in Canton, Ohio, according to court records, .
On March 27, 2012, Tucker pled guilty to charges of willful failure to pay withheld federal income and FICA taxes to the Internal Revenue Service and filing a false individual income tax return.
On November 15, 2011, a federal grand jury in Cleveland, Ohio, returned a 13-count indictment against Michael R. Tucker for various tax offenses. The indictment charged Tucker with 10 counts of willfully failing to collect and pay over to the Internal Revenue Service withheld federal income taxes and FICA taxes. The indictment also charged Tucker with three counts of filing false individual income tax returns for the years 2005, 2006, and 2007.
The indictment alleged that during the years 2004 through 2008, the defendant owned, operated and was the majority partner and general manager of Computology, LLC, which was located in Stow, Ohio. In that capacity, Tucker was required to pay over federal income taxes and Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes that the business withheld from the wages of its employees. The indictment further alleged that for 10 quarters from December 2005 through March 2008, Tucker willfully failed to pay over taxes totaling $263,188.23 that had been withheld from the employees.
The indictment also charged Tucker with filing false individual income tax returns for the years 2005, 2006, and 2007. The indictment alleged that on those returns, Tucker claimed federal income tax withholding totaling $34,775 which he knew had not been paid over to the Internal Revenue Service and, as a result, he received tax refunds to which he was not entitled.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John D. Sammon and Special Assistant United States Attorney Perry D. Mastrocola, following an investigation by the Akron Office of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division.