Massachusetts Businessman Pleads Guilty to Million Dollar Payroll Tax Fraud Scheme
BOSTON – A Melrose man pleaded guilty today to a decade-long tax fraud scheme in which he failed to pay employment taxes he had withheld from employees of his two businesses.
Stephen Schofield, 70, pleaded guilty to one count of failure to pay over taxes before U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper, who scheduled sentencing for Jan. 23, 2024.
Schofield operated and controlled two businesses – Schofield Concrete Forms in Stoneham and Schofields of Melrose, Inc. located in Melrose. For tax years 2010 through 2020, Schofield withheld federal and state employment taxes from his employees’ wages and issued W-2 forms to the employees showing that the taxes had been withheld. However, Schofield did not pay over those taxes to the IRS as required by federal law, resulting in a tax loss of approximately $1,051,000.
The charge of failure to pay over taxes provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.
Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Harry Chavis, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, Boston Field Office made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Victor A. Wild of the Securities, Financial & Cyber Fraud Unit is prosecuting the case.