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Greenville Business Owner Sentenced to 18 Months Home Confinement for Tax Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2013

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Curtis B. Urps, age 44, of Greenville, was sentenced by United States District Judge Timothy M. Cain to 18 months home confinement, ordered to pay $872,000 in restitution, and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. Urps had earlier pled guilty to failure to pay payroll taxes, a violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7202.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Urps was the owner of the construction business CBU Enterprises. From January 2006 through March 2010,Urps failed to collect and pay over payroll taxes to the Internal Revenue Service. Urps treated his painters and drywall installers as independent contractors rather than employees as they should have been classified. He did this to avoid paying federal income taxes and FICA taxes to the United States. Law enforcement estimates that during the relevant time period, Urps failed to collect and pay close to $1 million.

“Employees have a right to expect their withheld employment taxes, which fund future benefits will be paid by their employer, “ said Jeannine A. Hammett Special Agent in Charge of the Charlotte Field Office. “The IRS-Criminal Investigation Division takes this type of offense seriously and will continue its efforts to protect employees by rooting out employers who violate the tax laws.”

The case was investigated by agents of the Internal Revenue Service. Assistant United States Attorney Bill Watkins of the Greenville office handled the case.

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