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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Yonkers Business Owner Sentenced In White Plains Federal Court To Six Months For Engaging In Multimillion-Dollar Payroll Tax Fraud

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Shantelle P. Kitchen, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (“IRS-CI”), announced that PATRICK WHITE was sentenced today by the United States District Judge Cathy Seibel to six months in prison on payroll tax fraud charges.

WHITE previously pled guilty to one count of failing to pay payroll taxes accumulated by his commercial construction business.

According to the Information previously filed in White Plains federal court: WHITE operates R & L Construction Inc., a Yonkers based contracting company.  From 2005 through 2011, R&L Construction operated a scheme whereby some employee’s wages were properly reported, while others’ were not.  In so doing, R & L Construction accumulated approximately $3,758,000 in unpaid payroll tax liabilities.

In addition to the prison term, WHITE was sentenced to one year of home confinement, and was ordered to liquidate certain real property to satisfy the $3,758,000 owed to the IRS.

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Mr. Bharara praised the outstanding efforts of IRS-CI. He also thanked U.S. Department of Justice’s Tax Division for its significant assistance in the investigation.

This case is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division.  Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. Collins, Jr., is in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated September 16, 2015