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Stratford Man Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion Charge

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

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LENWORTH HAYNES, 55, of Stratford, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of tax evasion.

According to court documents and statements made in court, HAYNES was employed as a cook at a nursing home in Trumbull and, since approximately 1996, operated his own tax preparation business.  From 2006 to 2008, HAYNES evaded his personal federal income taxes by failing to declare income he earned from his tax preparation business.  During those three years, HAYNES should have reported total taxable income of $255,071.38.  Instead, he reported taxable income of negative $3,761, resulting in a loss to the government of $82,704.

Judge Underhill has scheduled sentencing for July 10, 2013, at which time HAYNES faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $100,000.  HAYNES also has agreed to pay back taxes, plus interest and penalties.

This matter was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Susan L. Wines.


Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722

Updated March 18, 2015