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Berlin Resident Pleads Guilty of Failure to Pay Business Taxes

july 27, 2012

James L. Santelle, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that Russell L. Thill (age 72) of Berlin, Wisconsin, appeared in federal court on Thursday, July 26, 2012 and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of willfully failing to pay over to the IRS payroll taxes owed by his business, NAT, LLC. NAT, which does business under the name Thill & Company, was an internet fulfillment company located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Thill formed the company with his wife in 1996.

During the period from 2005 through 2006, Thill failed to pay over payroll taxes that had been withheld from the wages of employees of NAT. These payroll taxes totaled approximately $256,000. In addition, Thill failed to pay to the IRS the employer’s matching share of these payroll taxes which totaled an additional $128,000.

Based on his guilty plea, Thill faces a maximum possible penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Thill has also agreed to make restitution to the IRS for the unpaid payroll taxes. Thill’s sentencing is scheduled for October 15, 2012.

This matter was investigated by special agents of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Matthew L. Jacobs for prosecution.

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