Officer of North Carolina Mental Health Service Provider Pleads Guilty for Failure to Pay Employment Taxes
A Raleigh, North Carolina, man pleaded guilty today to one count of willful failure to pay over employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr. for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
According to court documents, from 2010 to 2013, Sainte Deon Robinson failed to pay over federal income, Social Security, and Medicare taxes withheld from the wages paid to employees of his mental health service provider, OneCare Inc. Robinson served in various positions at OneCare Inc., including President, and was obligated to pay over to the IRS such payroll taxes on behalf of the company. Robinson failed to pay over $1.6 million in employment taxes for OneCare Inc. and other companies he controlled.
Robinson's sentencing is scheduled for January 7, 2018, and faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison. He also faces a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties.
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman and U.S. Attorney Higdon commended special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation, who investigated the case, and Tax Division Trial Attorneys Lauren Castaldi and Michael Boteler, who are prosecuting the case.
Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found on the division’s website.