Our Videos

December 15, 11

NEWS / Maryland Business Owner Pleads Guilty for Failing to Pay Employment Taxes

Failed to Pay Nearly $4 Million

WASHINGTON – Richard Stewart, a resident of Mitchellville, Md., pleaded guilty today for failing to pay over employment taxes in connection with his ownership of Montgomery Mechanical Services, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today.

According to the plea agreement and criminal information, from at least 2003 through 2008, Stewart owned and operated Montgomery Mechanical Services, a company that installed plumbing, heating and air conditioning in commercial buildings and that had offices in Baltimore and Capitol Heights, Md. From 2003 through at least 2008, Stewart did not collect, truthfully account for and pay over approximately $3,969,337 of Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) taxes and federal income tax withholdings, commonly known as trust fund taxes, from his employees’ wages. According to the terms of the plea agreement, Stewart is required to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $5,414,647, which encompasses both the trust fund taxes that he failed to pay and his obligation, as an employer, to pay over a matching portion of FICA taxes.

Stewart faces a potential maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation. Trial Attorneys Tino M. Lisella and Jeffrey L. Shih of the Justice Department’s Tax Division handled the prosecution.

Sentencing is tentatively scheduled for April 23, 2012 before the Honorable Roger W. Titus in Greenbelt, Md.


Tags: criminal investigation,


AnnaMaria Realbuto
Thank you for all your assistance and efficiency...
Read More »
Kateryna Melnychenko
Thanks a lot Anton!...
Read More »
Rani Payne
Thank you so much! I’m sure I will be in touch again with something else that will need to be apost...
Read More »
Serge Bauer Law
Thank you again for your help with this case!...
Read More »


Q. What are the general exceptions to the jurisdictional immunity of a foreign State?
Read More »
Read More »
How long may an organization be authorized to issue health care worker certificates?
Read More »
Can a student with a dual major qualify for the STEM OPT extension based on one of the degree programs?
Read More »


September 19, 23
OK mom at risk of losing health insurance over daughter’s birth certificate
Read More »
September 15, 23
Kansas prohibits gender changes on birth certificates
Read More »
September 13, 23
Death certificate issued for actor Paul Reubens, best known for playing Pee-wee Herman
Read More »
September 11, 23
Connecticut Assembly passes bill legalizing remote online notarization
Read More »