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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Chatauqua County Business Owner Sentenced for Failing to Pay Payroll Taxes


          BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that John C. Creighton, 57, of Bemus Point, N.Y., who was convicted of failing to pay payroll taxes, was sentenced to 12 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution to the IRS totaling $663,627, by Chief U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny.  

Assistant U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross, who handled the case, stated that Creighton is the president and owner of Classic Brass Inc. in Lakewood, N.Y. In 2010 and 2011, the defendant withheld payroll taxes from the paychecks of CBI employees. Creighton failed however to make payroll tax payments to the IRS, and failed to file Forms 941 regarding the payment of payroll taxes.  

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Special Agent- in-Charge Toni M. Weirauch.



Updated December 1, 2014