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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Federal Court Sentences Business Owner for $20 Million Tax Fraud

HOUSTON - A man who had owned Stat Source, Inc., has been ordered to prison for willfully failed to truthfully account for and pay over employment taxes to the IRS, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick along with Special Agent in Charge D. Richard Goss of IRS - Criminal Investigation (CI). Jonathan Adam Van Pelt pleaded guilty Nov. 8, 2018.

Today, U.S. District Judge Alfred H. Bennett handed Van Pelt a 30-month sentence to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. Judge Bennett also ordered Van Pelt to pay restitution to the United States of more than $20 million. 

In handing down its sentence, Judge Bennett noted many factors to include Van Pelt’s medical condition as well as the size of the tax loss and the fact that Van Pelt knew he had a degenerative disease prior to commission of his crime. 

In the plea agreement filed in the record of the case, Van Pelt admitted the total employment taxes he failed to pay to the IRS for Stat Source Inc., was more than $20 million, the amount owed for 18 employment tax quarters running from the third quarter of 2011 through the fourth quarter of 2015. Van Pelt also admitted he spent the money owed on the unpaid employment taxes on various luxury items, such as luxury automobiles, expensive furniture, leather goods, jewelry, an expensive home, lavish vacations and various entertainment venues. 

Judge Bennett allowed Van Pelt to remain on bond pending his voluntary surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

IRS-CI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles J. Escher is prosecuting the case.  

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Updated February 15, 2019