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Company Owner Sentenced for Attempting to Evade Paying Employment Taxes

On February 20, 2013, Nicholas E. Scordos was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Cleveland, Ohio, to six months of home confinement and three years of probation.  He was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.  He has made full restitution of $46,662.

On December 4, 2012, Scordos pleaded guilty 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, Scordos has worked as a sub-contractor on various Ohio Department of Transportation 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 Scordos paid employees in split disbursements to avoid paying taxes and overtime wages.

This is a joint investigation with the FBI, IRS, and DOL/OIG.