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June 29, 2018

Posted  July 11, 2018

A former CEO of a software company in Sterling, Virginia, was sentenced to 21 months in prison for conspiring to defraud the government by failing to pay over employment taxes announced the Justice Department’s Tax Division. According to court documents, Robert Lewis was the CEO of Enterworks, Inc., a software company in Sterling, Virginia. From January 2011 to February 2013, Lewis conspired with Kristie McDonald, Enterworks’ Vice President of Finance and Administration, to defraud the United States by failing to pay over to the IRS more than $1.8 million in payroll taxes withheld from employee paychecks. As part of their scheme, Lewis and McDonald circumvented the company’s normal payroll and accounting procedures by paying some employees with manual paychecks. The employees still received the correct pay after withholdings, but by bypassing the accounting system, Lewis and McDonald were able to hide the fact that the withholdings were not being paid over to the IRS. DOJ

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