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Morris County Couple Admit Roles in Filing False Tax Returns

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

NEWARK, N.J. – A Morris County, New Jersey, couple who owned and operated construction businesses in Morris County admitted their roles in filing false tax returns that failed to report all their personal income, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Roger Magill, 50, of Wharton, the owner and operator of Reliable Construction, a/k/a Reliable Paving and Hackensack Pavers, a/k/a Hackensack Paving – collectively, the Magill entities – pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in Newark federal court to an information charging him with three counts of tax evasion. His wife, Ruby Magill, 50, of Wharton, pleaded guilty before Judge Wigenton to an information charging her with one count of misprision of felony.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Roger Magill admitted that, between 2014 and 2016, he owned the Magill entities that operated in Morris County, New Jersey. Roger Magill admitted to obtaining hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal income from the Magill entities and attempted to hide his personal income from the IRS by using a fictitious identity to cash business checks at several check cashing businesses. Roger Magill admitted that he evaded paying $261,758 in personal income taxes. Ruby Magill admitted that she purposefully facilitated Roger Magill’s tax evasion scheme by allowing him to deposit his hidden income into business bank accounts that she operated and controlled.

The charges to which Roger Magill pleaded guilty carry a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge to which Ruby Magill pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencings are scheduled for Jan. 20, 2021.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael Montanez, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty pleas.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamel Semper, Chief of the Organized Crime and Gangs Unit in Newark.



Updated September 16, 2020

Press Release Number: 20-301