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Aurora man sentenced to six months of home detention for tax conviction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 1, 2010

Dennis J. Courtad was sentenced to three years’ probation, with the first six months on home detention, and fined $25,000 for failing to pay employment taxes owed by his corporation to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said United States Attorney, Steven M. Dettelbach. 

The sentence was imposed by Chief United States District Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr.  According to court records, Courtad is 61 years old and resides in Aurora, Ohio.

Courtad previously pleaded guilty to a one-count information charging that he, as sole owner and president of Twinsburg-based corporation, Courtad, Inc., failed to pay approximately $289,291.69 of income taxes and Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes withheld from wages paid to the corporation’s employees during the third quarter of 2007 through the fourth quarter of 2010.  Such withheld taxes are also referred to as the “employees’ share” of employment taxes. 

In addition to those unpaid taxes, the plea agreement detailed Courtad’s failure to pay the employees’ share for the preceding quarters dating back to June 2005 and for failing to pay the employer’s share of FICA taxes for the entire period from June 2005 through December 2010.  In total, Courtad’s unpaid employment taxes, as of the start of the criminal investigation of him were:


Unpaid taxes

Amount

Employees’ share for prosecution quarters, 06/07 - 12/10

$289,291.69

Employer’s share 06/05 - 12/10

$176,911.27

Employee’s share 06/05 - 03/07

$117,285.95

Total

$583,488.91

As a condition of probation, Courtad will have to cooperate to determine and pay the total amount due to the IRS, including interest and additional civil penalties.  Courtad told the Court that he had already paid a substantial portion of these taxes.

The case was handled by Assistant United States Attorney John M. Siegel following investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Cleveland, Ohio. 

 

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