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Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Friday, February 21, 2020

Philadelphia Labor-Leasing Company Owner Sentenced to Prison for Tax Fraud

PHILADELPHIA – Deputy United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen announced that Charlie Kien, 45, of King of Prussia, PA, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, three years’ supervised release, and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine by United States District Court Judge Mark A. Kearney for multiple charges of tax fraud.

The defendant pleaded guilty in October 2019 to charges of failing to pay employment taxes and filing false tax returns in connection with the operation of his former Philadelphia-based labor leasing company, CK’s Business Services. The company had contracts to provide temporary employees to two local businesses: a flag manufacturer and military bandage manufacturer. In preparing and filing IRS Form 941 for both of these contracts, Kien failed to account for the correct number of the company’s employees and wages paid, and also failed to file IRS Form W-2 for the unclaimed employees.

Further, the defendant paid many of his employees in cash – failing to collect and pay employment taxes to the IRS. For the tax years 2010 through 2012, the total amount of lost employment tax (employer and employee) was approximately $565,872. Kien also filed false personal income tax returns: for tax years 2010 through 2012, he failed to pay approximately $474,059 in taxes.

“Knowingly falsifying documents to avoid reporting income to the IRS is a crime,” said Deputy U.S. Attorney Lappen. “Dishonest business owners like the defendant use a variety of methods to cheat the government and all honest taxpayers. Our Office will continue to work with our federal partners to hold accountable those who commit tax fraud.”

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations Service, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Terri A. Marinari.

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Updated February 21, 2020