Former Owner of Estacada Construction Company Sentenced to One Year in Federal Residential Reentry Center
Defendant Ordered to Pay Restitution to I.R.S. and Serve Five Years Probation
PORTLAND, Ore. - Amanda Marshall, U. S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, today announced that on Wednesday, March 6, Jeffry D. Goodrich, age 48, Estacada, Oregon was sentenced to federal probation for five years, the first year to be served living in a residential reentry center. U.S. District Judge Anna Brown also ordered Goodrich to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $145,308, and prohibited him from being self-employed or running a business.
Goodrich pled guilty on June 4, 2012 to willfully failing to file payroll tax returns and remit payroll taxes to the IRS for Eagles View Construction from October 2005 through September 2006. Goodrich was a co-owner of Eagles View Construction and he handled the accounting and payroll for the company. Goodrich withheld payroll taxes from over 30 employees of Eagles View Construction and he gave each employee a W-2 form at the end of 2005 and 2006 showing payroll taxes had been withheld, but he did not file payroll tax returns for the company and he did not remit to the IRS the payroll taxes he withheld.
In November 2005, in an unrelated case, Goodrich pleaded guilty to bank fraud in connection with altering checks from customers of Eagles View Construction and depositing these checks into a personal bank account. In October 2006, Goodrich was sentenced to five months in federal prison, followed by five months home confinement, for this offense.
“Failure to pay payroll taxes is a serious crime because it deprives Medicare and Social Security of needed funds, reduces the money available for the federal government to provide basic services, and gives an unfair competitive advantage over law-abiding businesses,” said U.S. Attorney Marshall. “This office, in partnership with the IRS, will vigorously investigate and prosecute business owners who do not pay their fair share of payroll taxes.”
“When people withhold money from the paychecks of their hard-working employees, that money isn’t meant to be a personal slush fund. Taxes that are withheld from paychecks and not paid over to the government are stolen from the American public,” said Kenneth J. Hines, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation in the Pacific Northwest.
This case was investigated by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service. The case is being handled by Assistant U. S. Attorney Seth D. Uram.