LAFAYETTE, La. – United States Lawyer Brandon B. Brown announced that Joan chauvin edgar, 71, from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, was sentenced today by US District Judge Robert R. Summerhays to 41 months in prison, followed by 3 years on probation, for tax evasion. Edgar was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $ 375,213.54.
Edgar was indicted in July 2020 and pleaded guilty on September 10, 2021 for non-payment of withholding taxes and FICA (social security) taxes. According to information presented to the court, Edgar established NGE Techs, LLC (NGE) in New Iberia, Louisiana, in 2012 and the company existed until 2017. NGE provided employees and other services to production companies of oil fields. As an employer, NGE was required to withhold taxes from its employees’ salaries for a quarter and hold it in “trust” to be remitted to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at the end of the quarter.
As the sole owner of NGE, Edgar was responsible for the collection, accounting and payment of trust fund taxes on behalf of the company. She submitted W-3 (“Transmission of salary and tax returns”) forms to the Social Security Administration for 2012 to 2017, reflecting the total wages paid to its employees by the company and taxes. withheld by the company from the paychecks of its employees. However, Edgar never paid the withheld taxes to the IRS as required. Edgar admitted that during the second quarter of 2015, although she deducted and collected taxes from her employees payable to the IRS, she did not pay them when they became due. Edgar admitted knowing that she had a duty to pay these taxes and that she was willfully and intentionally violating that duty.
The case was investigated by the IRS-Criminal Investigation and was prosecuted by Deputy U.S. Attorney Danny Siefker.
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