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Langhorne Contractor Receives Federal Prison Sentence for Tax Fraud

Due to his role in the organisation of a tax fraud scheme, a local contractor was given a two and a half year prison term.

Samuel Bullock, 72, of Langhorne, was sentenced earlier this week by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Baylson to a year of supervised release, three years in federal prison, and $3,501,261 in restitution.

Bullock was accused of committing a series of tax charges in September 2020, including two counts of willful failure to file a federal tax return and one count of aiding and abetting the filing of a false federal tax return. February 2022 saw his guilty plea.

Authorities claim that Bullock failed to submit federal income tax returns for the ten years before 2009.

For more than $1.2 million in taxes, plus interest and penalties, the IRS allegedly stopped placing liens on Bullock in 2009.

By disregarding the IRS’s legitimate requests for information from him, the defendant added to his already substantial tax liability and inflicted self-inflicted damage. To combat this form of fraud, this Office will actively investigate and seek legal action.

Yury Kruty, Special Agent in Charge of the IRS Criminal Investigation, said, “To expose such schemes, IRS-CI has several investigative tools at its disposal. Tax fraudsters, like Mr Bullock, are being held accountable. Those who think they can scam the IRS should rethink their strategy.

Bullock replied by opening a new business checking account in his spouse’s name as the purported single proprietor when the taxes went unpaid. He also made arrangements to have his business income handed over to a sole proprietorship that he had formed in his spouse’s name.

New Forms W-9 with his spouse’s Social Security number were also sent to his clients. On his spouse’s tax return, the defendant subsequently reported his own earnings under the filing status “married filing separately.” Despite being aware that he had earned money and was required to file a federal income tax return, Bullock allegedly failed to do so.

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Jennifer Arbittier Williams, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, stated that Samuel Bullock’s plan to enrich himself and avoid paying his fair share of income taxes “victimised honest American taxpayers and business owners who do pay their tax obligations.”

The defendant caused a self-inflicted wound by ignoring the IRS and its justifiable requests for information from him, which increased his already sizable tax debt. This Office will actively investigate and pursue legal action against this kind of fraud.

Tax cheats, like Mr Bullock, are being held accountable, according to IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Yury Kruty, so every American who pays their taxes can rest easy. “To uncover such schemes, IRS-CI has a variety of investigative tools at its disposal. People who believe they can trick the IRS should reconsider their position.

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