North Carolina Mental Health Executive Sentenced to Prison for Failure to Pay Employment Taxes

A Raleigh, North Carolina, man was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for failing to report and pay employment taxes, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr., for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

According to court documents, from 2010 to 2013, Sainte Deon Robinson failed to pay over federal income, Social Security, and Medicare taxes withheld from the wages paid to employees of his business, the mental health service provider OneCare Inc.  Robinson served in various positions at OneCare Inc., including President, and was obligated to pay over to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) such employment taxes on behalf of the company.  He failed to report and pay over almost $1.7 million in employment taxes to the IRS.    

In addition to prison, Robinson was ordered to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $1,686,360, and to serve three years of supervised release after the completion of his sentence.

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman and U.S. Attorney Higdon commended special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, who investigated the case, and Tax Division Trial Attorneys Lauren Castaldi and Michael Boteler, who prosecuted the case.

Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found on the division’s website.

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Author: March 22, 2019

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