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Massachusetts Businessman Sentenced to Prison for Million Dollar Payroll Tax Fraud Scheme

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

BOSTON – A Melrose man was sentenced yesterday for a decade-long tax fraud scheme in which he failed to pay employment taxes he withheld from employees of his two businesses.   

Stephen Schofield, 70, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper to nine months in prison to be followed by two years of supervised release. Schofield was also ordered to pay a fine of $7,500 and restitution of $1,051,000 to the Internal Revenue Service. In October 2023, Schofield pleaded guilty to one count of failure to pay over taxes.

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 federal tax loss of approximately $1,051,000. Although Schofield did not file corporate or individual tax returns for 10 years, the IRS investigation showed that Schofield used company funds to pay $612,000 to himself and $344,000 to a family member who was not a company employee. He also paid for other personal expenses including travel, jewelry, restaurants, boating supplies and opening a Fidelity investment account.  

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 prosecuted the case.  

Updated February 28, 2024