Ohio Bridge Painting Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Filing False Payroll Reports
On December 4, 2012, Nicholas E. Scordos, owner, NES Construction, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Cleveland, Ohio, to attempting to evade paying employment taxes. Scordos' payroll reports underreported the amount of hours his employees worked and the amount of wages they earned. This resulted in $46,662 in unreported employment taxes.
Since 2002, NES has worked as a sub-contractor on various ODOT projects totaling over $13 million. They also worked as a sub-contractor on an ARRA funded project valued at $10,235,290. The investigation disclosed that NES paid employees in split disbursements to avoid paying taxes and overtime wages.
This is a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, IRS, and DOL/OIG.