Virginia Resident Pleads Guilty to Failing to Pay Employment Taxes
Nureni Abayomi Baruwa, a resident of Alexandria, Virginia, pleaded guilty to employment tax fraud today, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced.
According to the plea agreement and statement of facts, Baruwa operated a car detailing business called NAB International Group of Companies Inc. This business was incorporated by Baruwa in 1993 in the commonwealth of Virginia and he served as the president. Baruwa was in charge of withholding employment taxes from his employees’ wages, paying over the withheld amount to the IRS and reporting these amounts to the IRS by filing quarterly employment tax returns.
According to court documents, in all but three quarters, beginning with the first quarter of 2003 through the last quarter of 2010, Baruwa failed to timely collect, account for and pay the IRS the taxes withheld from his employees’ paychecks, as well as the employer’s portion of the employment taxes. Furthermore, in all but five quarters during the same period, Baruwa failed to file NAB’s quarterly employment tax returns with the IRS in a timely manner. Additionally, since at least 2006, Baruwa has failed to file an individual income tax return in a timely manner, despite the fact that he was legally required to do so annually. According to court documents, the tax loss is between $200,000 and $400,000, which will be determined by the court at Baruwa’s Oct. 24 sentencing.
This case was investigated by special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant Chief Caryn Finley of the department’s Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Uzo Asonye for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found on the division website .