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Stamford Refuse Company Owner Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Failing to File Tax Returns

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that WAYNE MARGARUM, SR., 72, of Stamford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 18 months of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release, for failing to file tax returns.

According to court documents and statements made in court, for more than 40 years, Margarum has owned and operated Margarum Refuse, providing garbage removal services for customers in the Stamford area and parts of Westchester County, New York.  The business services approximately 600 to 700 clients with fees ranging from $25 to $60 per month.  Neither Margarum nor his business has filed tax returns for the tax years 2004 until the present. 

Prior to sentencing, Margarum paid $25,000 in taxes owed.  He still owes approximately $330,000 in back taxes, plus interest and penalties.

On May 24, 2018, Margarum pleaded guilty to two counts of willful failure to file an income tax return.

Margarum, who was released on bond, was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service at the conclusion of today’s court proceeding.

This matter was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher W. Schmeisser.

Updated May 22, 2019