Virginia Beach Business Owners Sentenced for Failure to Pay Taxes
NORFOLK, Va. – Constance Vernell Wiseman, 64, and Ross Allan Rogers, 54, of Virginia Beach, Va., were sentenced today to 60 and 37 months in prison, respectively, for failure to pay taxes owed to the Internal Revenue Service and were ordered to pay restitution in the total amount of $983,324.73.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Wiseman and Rogers were sentenced by United States District Court Judge Rebecca B. Smith. Wiseman and Rogers previously pled guilty to willful failure to pay taxes on March 29, 2010.
“Employers have a responsibility to pay over the taxes they’ve withheld from their employees,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “Today’s sentences should send a strong message that anyone who intentionally evades paying taxes will face serious consequences.”
“IRS Criminal Investigation understands the very real consequences this type of crime has not only because of the loss of tax revenue to the United States government, but because of the loss of future social security or Medicare benefits for employees," stated Rebecca Sparkman, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge, Washington D.C. Field Office.
According to court documents, Wiseman and Rogers, who are married, were the owners and operators of Douglas Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Dow Personnel, Career Services of Virginia, Inc., and Virginia Professional Employers, Inc., businesses located in Virginia Beach, Virginia that provided companies with temporary employees. From April 2004 through July 2006, they failed to pay the Internal Revenue Service federal payroll taxes in the total amount of $983,324.73. Wiseman and Rogers diverted business funds to their own personal use, including the payment of credit card bills, home improvements and the purchase of a pickup truck, recreational boat and antiques.
The case was investigated by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service. Assistant United States Attorney Alan M. Salsbury prosecuted the case for the United States.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.