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Owner of Construction Companies Pleads Guilty to Tax and Mail Fraud

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

BOSTON – A Hopkinton man pleaded guilty this week to defrauding the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Travelers Insurance Company in relation to wages he paid to employees of his two construction companies.

Dariusz Pietron, 51, pleaded guilty on May 15, 2024 to three counts of failure to collect and pay over employment taxes to the IRS and one count of mail fraud relating to underpaid workers’ compensation insurance premiums. U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani scheduled sentencing for Aug. 28, 2024.  

Between 2012 and October 2018, Pietron owned and operated TJM Construction, Inc. (TJM) and Point Construction, Inc. (Point). Pietron failed to report his employees’ wages to the IRS, failed to withhold required employment taxes and failed to pay employment taxes to the IRS. Pietron also failed to disclose to Travelers Insurance Company the actual wages he paid to employees, which resulted in him paying less in workers’ compensation insurance premiums than what he would have otherwise owed. As part of the scheme, Pietron recruited and paid two employees to establish three shell companies – companies that would make it appear as if TJM and Point’s employees were subcontractors to whom Pietron had no tax obligations. Pietron thereby failed to pay more than $1.1 million in employment taxes and defrauded Travelers of approximately $244,000.

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. The charge of mail fraud provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, at least three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Pietron has also agreed to pay restitution to the IRS and Travelers Insurance and to forfeit $244,000. 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; Harry Chavis, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, Boston Field Office; and Katherine Mulligan, Chief of Investigations for the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts made the announcement today. Assistant United States Attorney Victor A. Wild of the Securities, Financial & Cyber Fraud Unit is prosecuting the case.  

Updated May 17, 2024

Topics
Financial Fraud
Tax