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Sept. 3, 2009

PRESIDENT OF UNITED CRANE INC. CHARGED AND PLEADS GUILTY TO FAILING TO PAY FEDERAL INCOME TAXES AND OTHER WITHHOLDINGS FROM EMPLOYEE WAGES

(HOUSTON) - Ellynn Ogilvie, president and sole shareholder of United Crane Inc., has been charged and pleaded guilty to willfully failing to truthfully account for and to pay over thousands of dollars in federal income taxes and other withholdings from employees’ wages, United States Attorney Tim Johnson and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Special Agent-in-Charge Rodney E. Clarke announced today.

Ogilvie pleaded guilty to the sole charge in a criminal information filed on Aug. 10, 2009, which accused her of failing to account for and pay over approximately $134,655 in withholdings due for the third quarter of 2003 of United Crane Inc. 

According to the plea agreement filed in the record of the case, United Crane’s Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return for the third quarter of 2003 was not only filed delinquently, but also understated United Crane’s employment taxes for the quarter. The check sent with the return to the IRS was refused for non-sufficient funds, leaving the entire amount of the employment taxes for the quarter unpaid.     

Judge Ellison set sentencing for Nov. 24, 2009. Ogilvie faces a maximum of five years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 or both for this conviction. She has been ordered released on a $10,000 bond.

The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by the IRS Criminal Investigation Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles J. Escher is prosecuting the case.

 

 

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