Greenville Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud
Contact Person: Bill Watkins (864) 282-2100
Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Curtis B. Urps, age 44, of Greenville, pled guilty today in federal court in Anderson, to failure to pay payroll taxes, a violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7202. United States District Judge Timothy M. Cain of Anderson accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.
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 in excess of $1 million.
The case was investigated by agents of the Internal Revenue Service. Assistant United States Attorney Bill Watkins of the Greenville office handled the case.