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Painter Faces Prison for Tax Fraud

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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A Connecticut painting contractor faces three years behind bars and a fine of up to $250,000 for failing to pay more than $275,000 in federal income taxes over a five-year period.

Authorities say Ronald S. Battaglia, 66, of Stratford, pleaded guilty July 20 to one count of filing a false tax return.

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Ronald S. Battaglia pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of filing a false tax return, which carries a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.

Battaglia is the sole owner of Custom Painting, which provides interior and exterior painting services in Fairfield County. The company does not have a website.

A copy of the case documents was not immediately available for review Monday (Aug. 3).

Battaglia is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 9 before U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden.

Fraud Details

From 2008 to 2012, Battaglia failed to provide his tax preparer with information concerning an additional $867,656 in gross receipts he received in those years, according to an announcement by U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly.

The total tax reported as due on the five returns was $46,687, but Battaglia willfully failed to report and pay an additional $277,582 in federal income taxes for those five years, the prosecutors said.

The investigation found that Battaglia’s clients often paid him by check.

He would then cash the checks at his bank and receive currency for the full value of the check or he made a split deposit, receiving some cash and depositing the balance into his business account.

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Battaglia's company, Custom Painting, provides exterior and interior painting services.

The amounts were typically less than $10,000, prosecutors said.

Battaglia has repaid the IRS $277,582 in restitution, but is still required to pay substantial penalties and interest that have accrued on the unpaid taxes, authorities noted.


Tagged categories: Business management; Contractors; Enforcement; Fraud; Internal Revenue Service; Laws and litigation; Painters; Taxes

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