North Carolina Businessman Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud
William Robert Hupman Jr., pleaded guilty today to corruptly endeavoring to obstruct or impede the due administration of the internal revenue laws, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today.
According to court documents, Hupman managed and controlled Security Concepts LLC, a security alarm company based in Mebane, N.C. Instead of receiving a salary from Security Concepts, Hupman received income by using a Security Concepts debit card to pay his expenses. Despite receiving over $770,000 in such fees between 2007 and 2011, Hupman has not filed an individual income tax return since tax year 2006.
In addition to his failure to comply with his personal income tax responsibilities, Hupman also failed to comply with his employment tax responsibilities at Security Concepts. As the person who managed and controlled Security Concepts, Hupman was responsible for withholding employment taxes and paying them over to the IRS on a periodic basis. Despite the fact that employment taxes were withheld from the wages of Security Concepts employees, Security Concepts has not paid employment taxes and filed the required tax form since the third quarter of 2009. Hupman neither paid over employment taxes nor filed the required tax form for the fourth quarter of 2009 and each of the quarters in 2010 and 2011. He also has not paid the federal unemployment taxes owed or filed the required tax form for years 2009, 2010, or 2011.
Hupman faces a maximum of three years in prison, one year of supervised release and a maximum fine of $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 29, 2013.
Kathryn Keneally, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department?s Tax Division, thanked Special Agents of IRS - Criminal Investigation, who investigated the case, and Tax Division Trial Attorneys Todd Ellinwood and Kevin Lombardi for prosecuting the case.
Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found at www.justice.gov/tax.