BUSINESS OWNER SENTENCED TO PRISON AND ORDERED TO PAY MORE THAN $450,000 FOR EMPLOYMENT TAX FRAUD AND HIRING ILLEGAL ALIENS
WEDNESDAY November 09, 2011
Public Affairs Officer
COLUMBUS -- Jaroslaw Luczkowiec, 46, of Delaware, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 12 months in prison and ordered to pay $453,309.50 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for encouraging illegal aliens to reside in the United States and for employment tax fraud.
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Darryl Williams, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office; James Vanderberg, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering, Chicago Region; and Brian M. Moskowitz, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced the sentence handed down today by Senior U.S. District Judge George C. Smith.
According to court documents, Luczkowiec owned Interquest Services, Inc. which had contracts to provide cleaning and janitorial employees to car rental agencies and hotels located in Columbus, Ohio. Interquest Services, Inc. subcontracted with Sentry Services, Inc. to obtain individuals to work in the car rental agencies and hotels. All of Interquest Services Inc.’s contracts were fulfilled using individuals from Sentry Services, Inc. and Interquest Services, Inc. was the sole source of revenue for Sentry Services, Inc.
The investigation revealed that the listed owner of Sentry Services, Inc. was actually a nominee and Luczkowiec was the true owner of Sentry Services, Inc. The individual listed as the nominee owner actually managed the company at the direction of Luczkowiec.
Between September 2005 and June 2010, Interquest Services, Inc. and Sentry Services, Inc. knowingly employed out of status aliens; thereby, encouraging and inducing them to remain in the United States to take advantage of the available steady employment being offered to them, in violation of the immigration laws of the United States. These employees were listed as subcontractors when in fact they were employees of Sentry Services, Inc. and/or Interquest Services, Inc. By listing these individuals as subcontractors, Luczkowiec evaded the payment of federal employment taxes that were due and owing to the IRS, as well as the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes. Between 2005 and June 2010 Luczkowiec prepared and/or caused to be prepared false and fraudulent Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Returns, Forms 941, which were filed with the IRS, resulting in a total unreported federal employment tax liability of $453,309.05.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Marcia Harris and was investigated by special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, ICE-HSI and DOL-OIG.