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July 6, 2017

Posted  July 6, 2017

A Houston, Texas business owner was sentenced to 36 months in prison for failing to pay over employment taxes, announced the Justice Department’s Tax Division. According to documents filed with the court, Richard Floyd Tatum Jr., 57, owned Associated Marine & Industrial Staffing Inc. (AMI), an industrial staffing company that provided temporary labor to businesses in Texas and other states. Tatum employed approximately 1,000 people to include internal employees, who worked for AMI, and external employees, who AMI assigned to work on-site at client locations. Tatum was responsible for collecting, accounting for and paying over to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) the payroll taxes withheld from AMI’s employees’ wages. Tatum exercised significant control over AMI’s finances, entered into contracts on behalf of AMI, signed checks, to include payroll, and decided which creditors to pay. Tatum also signed and filed AMI’s employment tax returns. DOJ

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