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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Owner Of Regional Healthcare, Llc Charged With $2.5 Million Tax Fraud

BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that CHARLES A. LANPHIER, age 68, of Lafayette, Louisiana, has been charged in a Bill of Information with two counts of failing to truthfully account for and pay over taxes, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7202. If convicted, LANPHIER faces significant incarceration, fines, and restitution orders.

The Bill of Information alleges that, during the relevant time period, LANPHIER owned and operated Regional Healthcare, LLC, a company headquartered in Baton Rouge, with operations throughout Louisiana and Florida. According to the Bill of Information, Regional consisted of four divisions, which provided patient care assistance, home health services, extended home health services (also known as pediatric care), and hospice services. During the tax years 2008 through 2011, LANPHIER allegedly withheld tax payments from his employees’ paychecks, but failed to pay over to the Internal Revenue Service more than $2.5 million of such withheld money.

This matter is being handled by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana and the Baton Rouge office of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alan A. Stevens, who serves as a Deputy Chief in the Criminal Division.

NOTE: A Bill of Information is an accusation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless adjudicated guilty at trial or through a guilty plea.

Updated December 15, 2014